State NCP to move court against Speaker

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha unit of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has decided to move court against Odisha Assembly Speaker Pradip Amat if he failed to take any decision regarding the Supreme Court direction on four NCP MLAs’ merger with BJD.
“As a mark of respect, we have tolerated all activities of Speaker. But this time, we would file contempt of court against him if he fails to take any decision on the Supreme Court’s direction”, State chief of NCP Utkal Keshari Parida said.
On the other hand, the speaker has started reviewing the apex court’s order after receiving the copy of the order on the issue.
A three-member  bench of  Supreme Court on January 17 dismissed the special leave petition (SLP) filed by  Speaker Amat regarding the controversial merger of  four NCP legislators  with the BJD and directed Amat to decide on the validity of their Assembly membership within eight weeks.
The Speaker had filed the SLP challenging an order of the Orissa High Court which asked the Speaker to decide on the validity of the MLAs’ membership.
Amat had questioned admissibility of the case on the ground that a citizen, who is not a member of the legislature, cannot raise the disqualification issue. The case was filed by NCP State president Utkal Keshari Parida.