Debating India


Bill gives immunity to MLAs

Sunday 28 August 2005

Special Correspondent

PANAJI: The Goa Members of Legislative Assembly (Removal of Disqualification) Bill, 2005, passed in the Assembly on Thursday, will provide immunity from disqualification to State MLAs, holding the post of chairman or director of any State-owned corporation, who wish to contest the Assembly elections.

The House rejected an amendment tabled by Vishwas Satarkar, BJP MLA and former Speaker, seeking to make it applicable with retrospective effect from May 1987. Two BJP MLAs were unseated by a May 27 High Court order this year for holding offices of profit when they contested elections in June 2002.

Law Minister Dayanand Narvenkar said the House was sympathetic to the two MLAs who were disqualified on the ground that the Act passed by the erstwhile Assembly of the Union Territory of Goa, Daman and Diu was not valid to protect the MLAs from disqualification, as it was not enacted by the State of Goa.

See online : The Hindu

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