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SC upholds Centre s decision to nominate three BJP members to Puducherry Assembly

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the Centre s decision to nominate three BJP members to Puducherry Assembly last year. The top court dismissed the appeals filed by a Congress MLA and Chief Whip of Congress party K K Lakshminarayanan and S Dhanalakshami against the Madras High Court s March 22 order upholding the nomination of the three MLAs and added that they can also exercise their vote in budget and no-confidence motion against the government. Lt Governor Kiran Bedi had administered the oath of office to the three members, V Saminathan, K G Shankar and S Selvaganapathi, in her chamber on July 4, 2017 after the Centre issued a notification nominating them. But Speaker V Vaithilingam declined to recongise them as MLAs and had cancelled their nomination. Challenging the Speakers action, the three MLAs had moved the Madras High Court, which upheld their nomination. We uphold the impugned judgment of the Madras High Court.... In the result, the appeals are dismissed subject to ..

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