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Slip Through The Loopholes

As events in four states show, the anti-defection law isn’t effective. It needs a major overhaul.

Slip Through The Loopholes
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Former Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat after the assembly floor test on May 10
Slip Through The Loopholes
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2016-05-13T20:59:39+05:30

The anti-defection law, late parliamentarian Madhu Lim­aye had complained, while legalising ‘wholesale defection’, had stopped short of preventing ‘retail defections’. Events in Uttarakhand over the past few weeks, Arunachal Pradesh earlier this year and in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana prior to that indicate that his apprehensions were not misplaced.

The day before the Supreme Court-monitored floor test was conducted in the Uttarakhand assembly on May 10, Congress MLA Rekha Arya was found missing from Mussoorie, where all Congress MLAs were herded together to prevent them from being ‘lured’ or ‘abd­ucted’. No surprises, the next morning she arr­ived at the assembly with BJP legislators, flashing a victory sign, indicating a switch of sides. Meanwhile, BJP’s Bhim Lal Arya, suspended earlier for praising Uttara­khand’s Congress chief minister, Harish Rawat, arrived at the assembly alone and apparently voted in favour of the Congress.

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