Speaker allows Choudhury to continue as MLA
The Bonai MLA was accused of helping the ruling BJD candidate in the 2010 Rajya Sabha elections by abstaining from voting. While BJP was supporting Independent candidate Tara Ranjan Patnaik in the Rajya Sabha polls, 2010, Choudhury preferred to remain absent. Alleging horse trading in the Rajya Sabha elections, the state unit of the BJP placed Choudhury under suspension and requested the Speaker to disqualify his membership.
However, the Speaker allowed Choudhury to continue as the MLA. The state BJP challenged their Speaker`s ruling in this regard and sought High Court`s intervention. The High Court in its ruling asked the Speaker to take a decision on the petition of the BJP MLA Kerendra Majhi.
Choudhury welcomed the verdict of the Speaker. "The Speaker`s verdict is constitutional and justified," he said. Majhi, on the other hand said "I have not seen copy of the order given by the Speaker. However, the BJP will again move the High Court."