Anglo-Indians nominated to Lok Sabha are now BJP MPs
Indian Express, December 10, 2015
Two nominated Lok
Sabha MPs belonging to the Anglo-Indian community have joined
the BJP and should be treated as BJP MPs from now on, the
government has informed the Lok Sabha. Following this, the
operational strength of the BJP in the lower house has gone up
to 282, the original mandate it had got in 2014, since these MPs
will now be bound by the party?s whip.
appointment of Sumitra Mahajan as Lok Sabha Speaker and the
death of Ratlam MP Dilip Singh Bhuria, the BJP?s number had gone
down to 280. Ratlam was recently won by the Congress.
The Anglo Indian
MPs, Richard Hay from Kerala and George Baker from West Bengal,
were nominated to the Lok Sabha in July this year. Under the
Constitution rules, the President can nominate two Anglo-Indian
members if, in his opinion, the community is not adequately
In a recent
communication accessed by The Indian Express, Parliamentary
Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu has written to Speaker Sumitra
Mahajan that both these MPs "have requested the BJP" leadership
about their willingness to join the BJP and that the "BJP
leadership has accepted their request". "I request you to kindly
treat Prof Richard Hay and Shri George Baker as BJP members of
Lok Sabha", Naidu has written.
Under the 10th
Schedule of the Constitution, nominated Anglo-Indian MPs can
join a political party within six months of their nomination.
This has happened earlier too, former Lok Sabha secretary
general P D T Achary said. Their status as nominated members
will continue after joining a political party, but they will be
bound by the whip of the party when, for instance, when it comes
to voting. Practically, they?ll become members of that party.
Both MPs attended
the BJP parliamentary party meeting the PM addressed Tuesday.
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