Ranchi: Former Jharkhand Chief Minister and JVM(P) supremo Babulal Marandi has today slammed the decision of the Speaker Court
seeking the disqualification of the 6 MLAs and described the verdict as a black day for democracy.
In his reaction, he said that he did not expect such a wrong decision from the Speaker and said that if he had to take such a decision
then why the case was delayed for four years and said that his verdict was against the 10th schedule of the constitution. Mr. Marandi said that the Speaker has taken the decision under the pressure of the BJP and the government, however he would not keep quiet on
the matter and would soon consult the experts and approach the high court and alleged that BJP had lured his MLAs with the pretext
of providing post and power and claimed that in the next elections the people will teach a lesson to the BJP.
The opposition parties in the state have also expressed their disapproval towards the judgment of the Speaker Court related to the disqualification of the 6 MLAs with the main opposition party Jharkhand Mukti Morcha terming the decision as a surprising one. Addressing a press conference at the party office here JMM central general secretary and party spokesperson Supriyo Bhattacharya said that he would not like to comment much on the verdict of the Speaker which he has taken by using his own intellect.
However the entire episode is related to the immoral behavior of the BJP, he said adding that when the matter would reach to the High Court that definitely it would take cognizance of the 10th schedule and the JVM(P) would justice. He said that earlier also a similar incident had happened in Haryana when the High Court had overturned the decision of the speaker court and subsequently the decision was overturned and MLAs disqualified.
On the other hand, Jharkhand Pradesh Congress Committee media incharge Rajesh Thakur who was also present in the Vidhan Sabha said that justice delayed is justice denied. He said that he was not at all surprised by the decision of the speaker court.
However, Chairman of the state housing board and Barkatha MLA Janki Yadav who was among the six MLAs facing the trial in this
anti-defection case claimed that the verdict was the victory of the truth. He said that the 6 MLAs had followed the decision which was taken unanimously in the party. “The speaker is a learned man and I thank him for whatever decision he has taken,” Mr. Yadav said that he himself on two occasions had chaired the meeting of the MLAs in which it was decided to merge the party with the BJP. He said that when any decision is taken by more than two-thirds elected members of any party than it does not amount to a violation of the 10th schedule of the constitution.