NCP lawmakers urge to scrap petition

Bhubaneswar: The NCP legislators who on Monday filed additional counter affidavit before Odisha Assembly Speaker Pradip Kumar Amat on the membership disqualification issue, urged the latter to scrap the petition alleging it as “not-mainatainable.”
 
The lawmakers justified that the NCP state chief Utkal Keshari Parida has filed the petition not in accordance with the Member of Orissa Legislative Assembly (Disqualification on Ground of Defection) Rules, 1987. 
 
“The petition should be deemed null and void as it is not in accordance with the Member of Orissa Legislative Assembly (Disqualification on Ground of Defection) Rules, 1987. It must be scrapped based on Rule 6 and sub-rule 7 of the law,” Barchana MLA Amar Satapathy said adding it was unfortunate that the petitioner was alleging deliberate delay in the case.
 
“Now the Speaker would proceed in the case,” stated Satapathy.
 
Through their counter affidavit the MLAs have also mentioned that their party has merged with the ruling BJD as per the 10th Schedule of the Indian Constitution.
 
“We have neither violated the constitution of our party nor it is a case of party change. NCP has merged with BJD regarding which we the legislators had taken a unanimous decision in the state executive meeting,”   Dhenkanal MLA Nabin Nanda said.
 
Meanwhile Parida has reiterated his allegation that the Speaker was deliberately delaying the process. 
 
Next hearing has been scheduled for May 2.