Congress files complaint with Gujarat Assembly Speaker against rebels Alpesh Thakor, Dhavalsinh Zala

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Gujarat Congress on Friday filed a complaint with the Assembly Speaker Rajendra Trivedi seeking disqualification of its rebel MLAs Alpesh Thakor and Dhavalsinh Zala. Earlier in the day, Both the Lawmakers resigned from the Assembly after cross-voting in Rajya Sabha by-polls held to fill two Vacant vacancies of the state.

Speaking to media, Congress Leader of Opposition Paresh Dhanani said that he has lodged a complaint with the Assembly speaker to disqualify them for voting against the party line and for BJP’s nominees S Jaishankar and Jugal Ji Thakor in the Rajya Sabha by-polls.

Talking about the Rajya Sabha by-polls, Dhanani added that the results are known as we have very less number in the assembly. He further said that the two MLAs – Alpesh Thakor and Dhavalsinh Zala voted for BJP Candidates and violated the constitutional process. ‘We have filed a complaint with Assembly speaker as well as Electoral Officer against both’, he said.

In the meantime, BJP is claiming victory on both the seats of Rajya Sabha considering the figures they have in the assembly. Though the Poll Commission has yet not announced the results.

While Congress Leader Jaysinh Parmar said both the rebels have resigned to escape the anti-defection law and maintained them it only applied to them after they cast their votes.

Talking about the rule, Parmar said, ‘The Representation of People’s Act clearly said that the lawmakers have to for their own party. However, both the MLAs – Zala and Thakor – voted to BJP. ‘Our Observer has filed a complaint seeking to cancel their votes and envoke Anti-Defection Law’, he added.

Both Zala and Thakor, ahead of the national polls, had on April 10 announced their disassociation from the party and all party posts. Speaking to the media, Thakor had said that he will complete his 5 years as an MLA in Gujarat, However, he junked the reports about him joining the Bharatiya Janta Party.

The Gujarat High Court had on July 3 refused to hear the plea filed by Congress seeking directions to Gujarat Assembly Speaker to take quick action on a disqualification against the party rebel Lawmaker Alpesh Thakor. Talking to media after the government, assistant government pleader Utkarsh Sharma said that the Court refuses to take up the plea filed by Congress.

‘The Gujarat Assembly Speaker will take a call on Thakor’s disqualification’, he added.

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