The six Congress MLAs, who had joined Trinamool Congress in May this year, have finally been allowed to keep their membership of Tripura Assembly, giving a major boost to TMC in the State before the 2018 Assembly elections.
Speaker Ramendra Debnath, who had held extensive hearing in the case with six defectors headed by former opposition leader Sudip Roy Barman, pronounced a twelve page judgment on Monday upholding the membership of the defectors on various legal and constitutional grounds.
What complicated the issue was the copy of a letter submitted by TPCC president Birajit Sinha showing that MLA Biswabandhu Sen had been expelled by the party before he joined Trinamool Congress which rendered the defection of five others invalid. This apparently jeopardised the membership of five other defectors – Sudip Roy Barman, Asish Saha, DC Hrangkhawl, Dilip Sarkar and Pranajit Singha Roy but after judging the case in detail with reference to orders passed by the High Court and Supreme Court the speaker cleared the defection.
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