Puducherry govt. to file review petition on nominated BJP MLAs issue
Says there are several loopholes in the recent SC judgment
Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy on Saturday said there were several “loopholes” in the Supreme Court judgment upholding the unilateral appointment of three nominated legislators by the Union government.
Addressing a press conference here, the Chief Minister said he was consulting legal experts in New Delhi on the next course of legal action to be adopted. “There are several loopholes in the judgment. There are several legal issues involved in their appointment. Hence, we are contemplating of filing a review petition and other legal procedures to be adopted in challenging the judgment,” he said. In the normal course, the nominated legislators should have submitted to the Election Commission whether they had any criminal background and details about their assets and liabilities. The BJP nominated legislators had not furnished any of the particulars with the Election Commission, he said. Reiterating his position on the supremacy of an elected government in a democracy, the Chief Minister said the Centre had not consulted his Ministry before nominating the BJP leaders to the Assembly.
The Chief Minister criticised Lt. Governor Kiran Bedi for overlooking the Council of Ministers while giving oral and written instructions to the officials. Even after repeated request to the Lt. Governor not to interfere in the day-to-day affairs of the administration, Ms. Bedi continued to hold review meetings and inspections in government departments.
Mr. Narayanasamy said he had issued another standing order to officials not to take any oral or written instruction without the knowledge of the Ministers concerned.
On the move to construct a dam across the Cauvery at Mekadatu by the Karnataka government, he said the territorial administration on Friday filed a petition in Supreme Court seeking judicial intervention to prevent construction of the dam.
The government would also move a resolution in the Assembly on December 14 condemning the move by the Karnataka government. A resolution urging the Centre to order the Central Water Commission to withdraw the permission given to the Karnataka government would also be moved, he said.
Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy addressing a press conference on Saturday.