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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Whip Issue: Judge excuses himself from case ; Next hearing deferred to Oct 25

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Dimapur, October 12: The Kohima Bench of the Guwahati High Court today deferred the hearing on the Whip issue case to October 25 after the Judge before whom the matter came up for hearing excused from taking up the case on the ground that two of the respondents to the case are his kith and kin. 

This was informed in a press release issued by the Media & Press Bureau, NPF Central Headquarters. It said today's deferment of the hearing should not be construed as anything negative or positive for either of the parties. 

The M&PB, however, said the case before the Court of law is very simple: "Is it the political party or the Legislature Wing which appoints the Chief Whip for the Party? It said the Tenth Schedule of the Indian Constitution does not have "even a whiff of mention" that the legislature wing appoints the Chief Whip of the party, but makes it clear that it is the political party which appoints the Chief Whip so as to enable it to keep its flock together. 

"It is a truth universally accepted that it is the President of a political party, or someone authorized by the President, who appoints the Chief Whip of that political party so as to keep its legislators within the parameters of the party's principles and ideologies, especially when it comes to voting in either the Parliament or the Legislative Assembly," it claimed. 

"And anyone who deviates from this universal truth and practice would be doing so at his own peril."

Constitution is to prevent instances such as that of one legislator Ram Lal of Haryana who defected three times in a single day, giving rise to the phrase "Aya-Ram-Gaya-Ram".

"A direct bearing to this argument is the fact that Mr Mmhonlumo Kikon, the Chief Whip of the BJP in Nagaland was not appointed by Mr Paiwang Konyak, the Leader of the BJP Legislature Party in Nagaland Legislative Assembly, but through the direction of the National BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav," it said.

Claiming that the Whip issue in the Court is hanging over the TR Zeliang-led Government like the proverbial Damocles' Sword, the M&PB claimed that sooner or later the law will catch up with the wrong-doers and rectify the gross injustices they have perpetrated. (Page News Service) 


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