WB Loyalty test: Congress MLAs "asked" to sign Affidavit in support of Sonia, Rahul

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  1. rock127

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    Loyalty test: Congress MLAs in Bengal asked to sign affidavit in support of Sonia, Rahul

    All the recently elected 44 party MLAs were made to sign a bond at a closed-door meet presided by Bengal state party committee chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury.

    Struggling to keep its flock together in many states, the Congress has now asked all the newly elected lawmakers in West Bengal to sign a bond of allegiance that will stop them from defecting to other parties especially the Trinamool Congress.

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    LOYALTY PLEDGE

    According to Congress insiders, all the recently elected 44 party MLAs were made to sign a bond at a closed-door meet presided by Bengal state party committee chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury.

    The MLAs were made to sign the written pact that they would remain loyal to Sonia and Rahul Gandhi and would never make any negative comment or indulge in anti-party activities.The bond, which were made on Rs 100 stamp paper, states, "I do swear my unqualified allegiance to Indian National Congress led by Hon'ble Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi Ji and Hon'ble Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi Ji."

    "I, as a member of the legislative assembly, will not get involved in any anti-party activity. Even if I do not agree with any party policy and/or party decision, I will not make any negative comment thereon and/or I shall not take any negative action to the detriment of the party. In such a scenario, I shall resign from my post of MLA before making such comment and/or taking such action."

    HIGH COMMAND EMBARRASSED

    The move has clearly come as an embarrassment and the party high command is reported to be unhappy. Sources say, the Congress central leadership was unaware of the decision and that the state unit was solely responsible for the act.

    Congress central leaders refused to comment on the development, even as WBPCC chief defended the move, saying that there was nothing wrong in showing one's allegiance to the party."It is more of a voluntary pledge by our partymen. It is not something which we have forced on our people," Chowdhury explained.

    Faced with a crisis of survival, veteran state leaders like Abdul Mannan echo Chowdhury's concern. "Nobody forced us to do it. There have been many instances when people who had won on a Congress ticket had moved away from the party. So we decided to sign the bond and support Sonia and Rahul Ji," Mannan said.

    CHORUS FOR CHANGE

    The move has set tongues wagging, especially at a time when there is talk about the need for a leadership change in the Congress. Just a week back, senior leader Digvijaya Singh had told India Today that the grand old party requires an immediate rejig. "We have done enough introspection. Shouldn't we go for a major surgery?" asked the AICC General Secretary.

    The Trinamool, which has been accused of poaching several Congress leaders in the past said the move is a clear indication that the party was in a disarray. "I think it is ridiculous, undemocratic and meaningless. It only shows the jittery condition of the Congress leaders. There is also the talk of surgery in the Congress, so they want to ensure that there is no surgery," veteran Trinamool MP Sougata Roy said.

    Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh has termed it a drastic attempt to salvage the party. "Forcing and threatening leaders to remain in the party like this is not going to work. There is now a serious doubt about the Congress's existence. They are being uprooted everywhere in the country," Ghosh said.

    LEADERS DESERTING CONGRESS

    Over the past 5 years, several congress leaders in Bengal have switched over to the Trinamool Congress. The Congress has emerged as the main Opposition in West Bengal in the just concluded Assembly polls pushing the Left to the third position.

    However, the party leadership is now jittery that its MLAs may switch sides and join the Mamata brigade following her massive mandate. The TMC secured over two-thirds majority capturing 211 seats in 294-member West Bengal assembly.

    Recently, nine Congress MLAs deflected to the BJP in Uttarakahand triggering a massive political crisis in the hill state. The Centre imposed President's Rule in Uttarakhand on March 27 but the Supreme Court quashed the order a month later.

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    A chauhan "अहिंसा परमो धर्मः धर्म हिंसा तथैव च: l" Senior Member

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    :lol: The biggest problem in Congress is Family-Bhakti, and if Diggy wants to do a surgery he should start with sending Gandhis to Italy forever. Then only they would be able to introspect as Gandhi-chashma has blocked their vision. But they are going even further down.
     
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    Now, loyality is legalized. I think congress should make them sign a bond of paying 1 crore ruppe for going aginst the party.

    How flimsy the bond of congressees with their party that now they have to get their MLAs sign a bond for loyaly to the party and that crook family.
     
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    The problem in congress is that in one aspect without the family it will breakup into many groups while at the same time the same family is also accelerating it irrelevance / demise in Indian politics...

    either way congress is going down the gutter...
     
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    pmaitra Moderator Moderator

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    Thanks for tagging me @rock127 ji.

    This legally binding affidavit is to ensure that MLAs who got elected under one political party do not switch to another party under financial inducements. When elected representatives switch parties, it is called horse trading. This also allegedly happened in the US Republican Primaries, where Donald Trump's delegates were approached by Ted Cruz and offered various sops so that they switch sides in case the nomination process went to the second ballot. This is corruption, and the problem is, it is legal.

    If a person campaigns under one party and one manifesto, it is his duty to honour the will of his voters during his entire tenure as an elected representative and remain loyal to his party. If he wants to switch parties, he needs to resign from his position, and there should be a re-election in that constituency.

    I remember one lady politician from Uttarkhand, who keeps switching back and forth between Congress and BJP.
     
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    Man this is hilariously laughable. ...........

    parhaps you don't know the authenticity of 100 rs stamp paper.

    And you think in india anyone can loose his freedom to change his opinion by just signing the 100 rs stamp paper.

    This thing has no value in front of court......... in india freedom of people is supreme and no one can make you loyal to any party or person against his own wish.


    Please wake up....... understand india and just feel the freedom.
     
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    pmaitra Moderator Moderator

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    It is a legal document. It is neither hilarious, nor laughable, or to put it tautologically, "hilariously laughable."

    If freedom of people is really supreme, then there should be fresh elections whenever an elected representative wishes to quit the party. When an elected representative gets votes on one platform and then switches to another party, then it is disrespectful to the voters, and is subversion of democracy.
     
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    @rock127 ji, one apt comment from firstpost :

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    When you are a part of a raising sun, one does not need to reaffirm loyalties. But as a part of a sinking ship, all these instruments are necessary to demand loyalties. Look at the irony of this situation. Congress piggy backs on the Left Party and gains 44 votes, even at the cost of the main party supporting this coalition. And then demands loyalties for its President and Vice president, as if the victory was because of the tall image of these persons!!

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    Sir ji, could it not be possible for someone to file a PIL , concerning applicability of such legal binding instrument , as subject dealt are "representative of people's" and not of some family , so their said responsibility and loyalty must be with people of their respective constituency ?

    If tomorrow , by some miracle , parliament decided to amend anti-defection law under schedule 10 , to allow MP's/MLA's to have independent vote in certain cases , could such step lead to legal confrontation of such sort ?

    Is it party or your constituency , which holds , higher place in deciding one's ethics in case of conflict between two ?

    Sir , can the elected member act on his due diligence to cast vote , free of whip issued by party ? What do you think of it ? Should it be allowed in some cases and not in others ?
     
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    pmaitra Moderator Moderator

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    I am not an expert in legal matters. Perhaps you can ask @sayareakd Sir to comment on this (affidavit), because he has the expertise.

    Coming to who is a rising sun, and who is a sinking ship, it is to be decided by the voters.
     
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    Listening to a few Supreme court lawyers on TV last night, one thing was clear that legally this has no value.

    There is an anti defection law inlace which controls these Aaya Ram/Gaya Ram types of politicians. Today to split from the party you need at least 1/4th of the members of the legislative assembly of the party to quit together as a group.

    On the other hand Mr.Surjewala trying to defend this move is so stupid at all levels.
     
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    Another publicity stunt for a party in decline
     
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    Is it 1/4th or 1/3rd?? Such horse treading happens all the times at municipality, corporations and panchayat level.
    Recently, in Gandhinagar my native city which is a Congress bastion at rural areas had a tie in corporation election. A powerful BJP/RSS figure went into Congress during last election and again he fought under congi ticket and won this time. But he switch side to BJP when offered mayor post. :lol: Congress is now in minority :rofl:
    In last election, Congress was in majority but the congi mayor himself along with 2 other members switched side to BJP :lol: Congress filed a case against mayor but mayor denied switching the sides :rofl: and court proceedings are still on without any conclusion and next elections were already held, so the verdict won't impact on anything now, the law you mentioned didn't do anything here lol.
    This is pure fun at so many levels :rofl:
     
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    Same is the case of Pchindu .His case is still benign dragged in SC even when new LS has been elected and MrPchindu is not member of it present LS

    Such is state of our courts

    Between can party force his MP/MLA to such non-binding documents

    I can only think its beging forced upon by WB congress on ill-informed mla`s.
     

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