Budget Session: BJP MLA’s detained outside Puducherry Assembly


Puducherry, June 4: BJP MLA’s S Swaminathan, KG Shankar, and V Selvaganapathy, who were nominated by Lt Governor Kiran Bedi, have been detained by the police on Monday.

The detention took place when the MLA’s were marching towards Puducherry assembly as it reconvenes to present the annual budget for this financial year.

The MLAs were nominated by Bedi last year but Speaker Vaithilingam had cancelled their nominations on November 12, 2017.

On March 26, the three MLAs were not allowed to enter the Assembly by the Speaker V Vaithilingam although High Court had allowed them to attend the session.

The Madras High Court, on March 22, had upheld the nominations of Swaminathan, Shankar and Ganapathy under the Union Territories Act 1963.

Parliamentary Secretary to Chief Minister K Lakshminarayanan had challenged the appointment of the three MLAs through a public interest litigation (PIL) petition.


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