Chandigarh: The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Tuesday demanded the “immediate disqualification” of Bholath MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira and three other legislators who have deserted the Aam Aadmi Party — Nazar Singh Manshahia (Mansa), Baldev Singh (Jaito) and Aamrjit Singh Sandoa (Rupnagar).
Akali leader and former minister Daljit Singh Cheema said Khaira’s move to withdraw his resignation by approaching the Vidhan Sabha speaker amounted to a “fraud”. “As per the Constitution, all these legislators are liable to be disqualified for violating The Representation of Peoples Act for resigning from the primary membership of AAP. They cannot escape disqualification by initiating any drama of taking back their resignations,” he said.
Cheema said the Congress government in Punjab now wanted to run away from facing more byelections. “This is why Khaira trooped to Vidhan Sabha speaker’s office to take back his resignation even as Baldev announced he was rejoining AAP. This script, like earlier resignations, has also been dictated by the Congress and proves our contention that AAP legislators are working as Congress agents and part of its B team,” said the Akali leader.
Cheema claimed that there was an “unholy alliance” between the Congress and the AAP legislators and it was proving to be costly for the state exchequer as the MLAs were still drawing salaries and enjoying facilities.
Cheema said Khaira and Baldev left AAP, even formed the Punjab Ekta Party (PEP) and even contested parliamentary polls on the new symbol. He said Manshahia and Sandoa had resigned from AAP and joined the Congress.
He said the 10th Schedule of the Constitution was clear on this:“A member of a House belonging to any political party shall be disqualified for being a member of the House if he has voluntarily given up his membership of such a political party”. He said since all four MLAs had resigned as primary members of AAP, the constitutional provision had been subverted.