Mumbai: Will ensure no MLA loses membership for voting against BJP, says Sharad Pawar

Updated: Nov 25, 2019, 21:34 IST | PTI | Mumbai

The NCP chief added that he had consulted several constitutional and legal experts and also gone through previous instances on the issue of technicalities

Sharad Pawar addresses the Sena-NCP-Congress MLAa gathering in Mumbai. Picture/Twitter ANI
Sharad Pawar addresses the Sena-NCP-Congress MLAa gathering in Mumbai. Picture/Twitter ANI

NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Monday night told a gathering of MLAs that he would personally ensure that none of them loses membership for voting against the BJP during the floor test in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly. Pawar addressed a joint meeting of 162 MLAs of 'Maha Vikas Aghadi' comprising the Shiv Sena, NCP, and Congress at a five-star hotel in Mumbai.

"A misinformation is being spread that Ajit Pawar is the NCP's legislature party leader who would issue a whip to all (NCP) MLAs to vote for the BJP (in-floor test). It is being said that whoever defies the whip would lose his membership of the House," Pawar said. The NCP chief added that he had consulted several constitutional and legal experts and also gone through previous instances on the issue of technicalities.

"I have come to the conclusion that Ajit Pawar, who is removed from his position (as the NCP legislature party leader for joining hands with the BJP in forming a government), has no legal right to issue a whip to MLAs," Pawar said. "I personally take the responsibility that your membership of the House will not become null and void. People who have acquired power illegally have to be removed now,"

Pawar said apparently referring to the BJP.

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