Puducherry: 3 MLAs nominated by LG Kiran Bedi not allowed to enter Assembly

BJP MLAs protesting outside the Puducherry assembly Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 26, 2018, 06.46 PM (IST)

Three BJP MLAs in Puducherry were allegedly denied entry in the Puducherry Legislative assembly by the speaker following which they staged a protest outside the assembly. Contrary to the speaker, MLAs V Saminathan, KG Shankar and S Selvaganapathy claim that their entry to the assembly is constitutional. MLA S Selvaganapathy said " Now the judgement has come. It's clearly stated that the nomination is as per the constitution. So now we are eligible to enter the assembly. The speaker is a seasoned politician, he knows the judgement but he is acting on his own Responding to the BJP MLAs, the speaker of the assembly said that he will scrutinise the High Court's order and will decide on the status of the three MLA soon. He added that the High Court had pronounced the decision without consulting him. He said "I should be given an opportunity of 'Being Heard'.I was neither heard nor made a party in writ petitions. Principles of natural justice haven't been followed. I am scrutinizing High Court's order and will give my decision shortly".

While Lt Governor of Puducherry Kiran Bedi said that the law will take its course.

The three MLAs were appointed by the Lt Governor Kiran Bedi. The nominations of the MLAs had created controversy as the two MLAs were from BJP and the third was pro-BJP educationalist. Following this, the government sought to quash the recommendations of the Lt Governor arguing that they were not consulted for the nomination. The Madras High Court had however upheld the appointment of the three MLAs in March 2017. The speaker refuses to accept the decision of the High Court saying that "the "principles of natural justice was not followed" in upholding the appointment of the MLAs.