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'Let convicted MPs stay or govts will fall'

By Bharvi     Mar 2, 2007 in Politics
The Centre on Friday invoked the risk of political uncertainty and destabilisation of governments surviving on razor-thin majorities to oppose a petition seeking changes in law.
As per the news from NewDelhi,capital of India, there was an argument on a petition to alter RPA (Representation of the People Act) to trip MLAs and MPs of the right to remain members of legislatures.
Though the appeal was admitted in High Court it is due in Supreme court and the proposal was fraught with the risk of destabilizing governments in an era of coalitions.
As of now, RPA provides for disqualification of legislators who are sentenced to more than two years, but they can escape the punishment if their appeal is admitted in a higher court. No such escape route is provided for election candidates who have been convicted. Their nomination is rejected irrespective of whether an appeal is pending.
In the present UPA government, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha chief Shibu Soren retains his Lok Sabha membership even though he is currently in jail.
The politically "pragmatic” stand taken by the Centre, backed by unabashed plea to allow convicted legislators to retain their membership for the sake of fragile governments surviving on their support, is sure to raise eyebrows.
Discussing possible repercussions, the Centre said: "The government in power may be surviving on a razor-thin majority where each member counts significantly and disqualification of even one member may have a deleterious effect on functioning of the government."
If a person is sentenced for 2 or more years and had a quash it is said that the RPA will disqualify him/her.
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