Acting on recommendation of Lokayukta N K Mehrotra, Governor Ram Naik Thursday disqualified two MLAs — BJP’s Bajrang Bahadur Singh and BSP’s Uma Shankar Singh — from Assembly membership for violation of Representation of the People Act.
Both MLAs were held guilty by the Lokayukta for taking government contracts even after being elected as public representatives. It had recommended their disqualification to the Governor.
The MLAs have been disqualified from the time they took government contracts. As a result, while Bajrang Bahadur Singh, BJP MLA from Pharenda Assembly seat of Maharajganj, has been disqualified from October 15, 2012, Uma Shankar Singh, BSP MLA from Rasra Assembly seat in Ballia, has been disqualified from March 6, 2012.
A copy of the order has been sent to Election Commission, Assembly Speaker, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan.
“I have only endorsed the decision of the EC. I gave both these MLAs a proper hearing and even sought advice of the EC, based on the issues raised by them. The order has been issued and it is up to them to challenge the EC’s verdict,” Governor Ram Naik said.
Calling the Governor’s decision to disqualify BSP MLA Uma Shankar Singh as “undemocratic”, BSP general secretary and Leader of Opposition, Swami Prasad Maurya, said the Governor, Lokayukta and the EC have violated the “propriety of Constitution”.
“Singh has been disqualified on the basis of an unfactual allegation and injustice has been done. This decision is against natural justice, spirit of the Constitution and public sentiment,” Maurya said.