Speaker: not yet decided on disqualification plea as matter before SC

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Panaji: Speaker of the Goa legislative assembly Rajesh Patnekar on Thursday said that he is yet to decide on the disqualification petition against the legislators, who had defected to the Bharatiya Janata Party.

“I have not done so, as the matter is presently being heard by the Supreme Court,” he added. Altogether, ten Congress MLAs and two Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party MLAs had defected from their respective parties and joined the BJP.

The Congress has filed a disqualification petition before the Speaker against its ten MLAs, who had joined the BJP in July 2019.