Samajwadi Party MLA Abu Azmi today opposed the decision to allow suspended MNS MLAs to vote in Legislative Council polls, scheduled on June 10.
"How can these MLAs be allowed to vote when they are suspended with the consent of the House members," Azmi told reporters in Mumbai. The SP leader has written a letter to the Governor, Speaker of the Assembly and the Principal Secretary of the Legislature asking them to prevent the suspended members from voting.
"Their (MLAs) right to vote stands suspended during the period of suspension. The right to vote is not absolute and hence they should be barred from participating in the polls," he said.
It was decided in a meeting of the Business Advisory Committee (BAC) last month to allow them to vote. Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Harshwardhan Patil said "they cannot be barred from exercising their constitutional right."
Azmi said the suspension order mentioned they would not be allowed to enter the premises of the Legislature and yet the Government is making special provision for them to vote outside the premises.
Four MLAs - Shishir Shinde, Ram Kadam, Ramesh Vanjale and Vasant Geete were suspended for four years when they physically assaulted Azmi for taking oath in Hindi and misbehaved with a woman legislator who tried to intervene.