Anglo-Indians nominated to Lok Sabha are now BJP MPs

The Anglo Indian MPs, Richard Hay from Kerala and George Baker from West Bengal, were nominated to the Lok Sabha in July this year.

Written by Raghvendra Rao | New Delhi | Updated: December 10, 2015 7:57 am
George Baker, Richard Hay. George Baker, Richard Hay.

Two nominated Lok Sabha MPs belonging to the Anglo-Indian community have joined the BJP and should be treated as BJP MPs from now on, the government has informed the Lok Sabha. Following this, the operational strength of the BJP in the lower house has gone up to 282, the original mandate it had got in 2014, since these MPs will now be bound by the party’s whip.

Following the appointment of Sumitra Mahajan as Lok Sabha Speaker and the death of Ratlam MP Dilip Singh Bhuria, the BJP’s number had gone down to 280. Ratlam was recently won by the Congress.

The Anglo Indian MPs, Richard Hay from Kerala and George Baker from West Bengal, were nominated to the Lok Sabha in July this year. Under the Constitution rules, the President can nominate two Anglo-Indian members if, in his opinion, the community is not adequately represented.

In a recent communication accessed by The Indian Express, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu has written to Speaker Sumitra Mahajan that both these MPs “have requested the BJP leadership about their willingness to join the BJP” and that the “BJP leadership has accepted their request”. “I request you to kindly treat Prof Richard Hay and Shri George Baker as BJP members of Lok Sabha,” Naidu has written.

“Under the 10th Schedule of the Constitution, nominated Anglo-Indian MPs can join a political party within six months of their nomination. This has happened earlier too,” former Lok Sabha secretary general P D T Achary said. “Their status as nominated members will continue after joining a political party, but they will be bound by the whip of the party when, for instance, when it comes to voting. Practically, they’ll become members of that party.”

Both MPs attended the BJP parliamentary party meeting the PM addressed Tuesday.

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    Prof Vijayan
    Apr 8, 2016 at 4:57 pm
    The previous NDA Govt made a great contribution to the nation by giving us Dr APJ Abdul Klam as our President. The nomination of the gentle man Prof Richard Hay who studied and worked in Govt Brennen College Thalery (where I too studied and worked) was an admirable act by the present Govt.
    1. G
      Dec 10, 2015 at 5:32 am
      I am an Anglo- Indian & I am extremely happy that two educated gentlemen from my community have been nominated as MPs in the BJP party & I also thank the Hon; President of India for up- holding the Consution of India.
      1. Hemen Parekh
        Dec 12, 2015 at 7:13 am
        Our Poor MPs ! Now , they have a legitimate reason to p a resolution , raising their ries by 65 % How else can they make two ends meet when current food prices ( listed below ), in the Lok Sabha Canteen , are about to be revised upwards by 65 % ? * Tea............... Rs 1.0 * Soup.............. Rs 5.5 * Daal............... Rs 1.5 * Meals............. Rs 2.0 * Chapati........... Rs 1.0 * Dosa............... Rs 6.0 * Veg Biryani...... Rs 8.0 * Fish................ Rs 13.0 * Chicken Biryani......... Rs 51.0 * Shami Kabab.............Rs 14.0 * Thali........................Rs 18.0 Mind you ! They are not asking for ry revision of 400 % , like the MLAs of Delhi embly ! And to enable them to " make both ends meet " , should we not allow them to take home from the Lok Sabha Canteen , a " Packed Dinner " , for the rest of their families ? ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- hemen parekh 12 Dec 2015 B2BmessageBlaster
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          mukund patel
          Dec 10, 2015 at 12:46 pm
          I have proud to have citizen like you both. Who think of indias interest first and use your brain not cast.
          1. S
            Dec 10, 2015 at 5:12 am
            Congress leaders refused to attend the African conference held in Delhi as Africans are black.
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