We are still with Congress, say rebel MLAs

Updated - December 04, 2021 10:55 pm IST

Published - April 26, 2016 02:29 am IST - Nainital (Uttarakhand):

The nine “rebel” Uttarakhand Congress MLAs told the Uttarakhand High Court on Monday that they were with the Congress and not the BJP. “Dissention against a leader or a government is not the same as going against the party,” they said.

They were ready to support the party, but wanted another Chief Minister candidate.

“Dissent is not defection,” senior advocate C.A. Sundaram, counsel for the “rebel” MLAs, told the court. “There is a difference between criticising the government and criticising a party... The dissent of the nine [disqualified] MLAs was against the Chief Minister and not the party.”

The demand for a division of votes on the Appropriation Bill cannot be a ground for disqualification, Mr. Sundaram said.

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