Jharkhand HC seeks EC’s reply on legislators who defected

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Ranchi, June 4 (IANS) The Jharkhand High Court on Saturday sought a written reply from the Election Commission of India regarding the status of six legislators who defected from the Jharkhand Vikas Morcha-Prajatantrik (JVM-P) to the BJP.

According to an informed source, the Jharkhand High Court heard a petition and sought a status report on the JVM-P legislators. Headed by Babulal Marandi, the JVM-P has sought a stay on the June 11 Rajya Sabha poll till the matter related to the defection of these legislators is decided.

A reply to an RTI query revealed that no merger of the JVM-P took place as claimed by the six legislators who defected. In February 2015, six of the eight JVM-P legislators joined the BJP. Two among them became ministers.

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The defection case is pending before the Assembly Speaker. The JVM-P has alleged that the case is being delayed only to favour the BJP government in the state.

The next hearing of the case will take place on June 8 in the High Court.



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