NCP MLAs’ merger with BJD: SC notice to NCP state president

New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday accepted the special leave petition filed by Odisha Assembly speaker Pradip Kumar Amat on the merger of four Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLAs with ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD).

The apex court has sent a notice to Sharad Pawar led outfit's state president Utkal Keshari Parida in this regard.

Earlier on July 10, Parida had requested the speaker to disqualify Amar Prasad Satapathy (Barchana MLA), Ramachandra Hansda (Saraskana), Prashant Nanda (Begunia) and Nabin Nanda (Dhenkanal) from acting as member of the house after these four joined BJD on June 5.

The merger came in the wake of the failed coup bid by dissident MP Pyraimohan Mohapatra to dethrone BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik on May 29.

Parida had maintained that the four legislators could be charged against Anti-Defection Law of the Odisha Assembly.