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Disqualified Congress MLAs say decision taken in haste and under pressure, will challenge it in court

Rajinder Rana says that barring Chaitnaya Sharma, none of the other five MLAs received the notice from the Vidhan Sabha regarding disqualification

Disqualified Congress MLAs say decision taken in haste and under pressure, will challenge it in court

Speaker Kuldeep Pathania addresses a press conference in Shimla. PTI



Tribune News Service

Shimla, February 29

The six disqualified Congress MLAs have said that the decision by the Speaker has been taken in haste and under pressure from the chief minister, which they will challenge in court.

Three-time Congress MLA from Sujanpur, Rajinder Rana, said the decision would be challenged in court.

Rana and Sudhir Sharma said they had not received a notice from the Vidhan Sabha. “When we came to the Assembly on Wednesday, the Speaker was not present in the House. We marked our attendance and our images of being present in the house have been captured on camera,” said Rana and Sudhir Sharma, the two disqualified MLAs.

A four-time Congress MLA from Dharamsala, Sudhir Sharma, said he would challenge the decision in court. “The collapse of the government is imminent and in the interest of the state. I do not believe in doing politics by getting scared,” he said.

Rana said that barring Chaitnaya Sharma, none of the other five MLAs received the notice from the Vidhan Sabha regarding disqualification. “Based on that notice, all of us had filed our reply by 1.15 pm on Wednesday, seeking time to present our side of the story,” said Rana.

“We had been suffering humiliation for the past 14 months and despite having apprised the high command of it, there was no action. So we were compelled to take this step,” said Rana.

The six MLAs, who are camping in a hotel in Panchkula near Chandigarh, said they would chalk out their strategy and seek legal recourse against the order. “There is no question of going back to the Congress. The CM is lying that we are in touch with him,” said Rana.

Rana said the six MLAs had been compelled to revolt due to the dictatorial style of functioning of the chief minister and the MLAs being humiliated and sidelined.

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