Navin Patnaik winning from two constituencies

Kashmir Times. Dated: 6/7/2019 2:48:16 PM

Dear Editor,
Odisha Chief Minister winning from two assembly-constituencies of Bijepur and Hinjili will have to resign from one of the seats thus causing extra unnecessary burden on exchequer for holding by-election. BJP is in dilemma on its one sitting Madhya Pradesh MLA GS Damor winning for Lok Sabha also, because every single MLA is of utmost importance with Congress ruling with very thin majority that too with support from other parties. Otherwise also by-election will be needed when GS Damor will have to opt for either being MP or MLA.
Since successive governments have deferred much needed poll-reforms for decades now, at least very simple poll-reforms can be made by Election Commission of India that a sitting legislature may first have to resign from earlier seat before filing nomination for Lok Sabha elections. Also a person may not be allowed to contest from more than one constituency. An MP must lose Parliament-membership automatically on taking oath as minister in state and vice-versa to prevent situations like Atal Bihari Vajpayee government at the center once falling by a single controversial vote of the Girdhar Gomango who did not lose his membership of Lok Sabha despite becoming Chief Minister of Odisha.
—Subhash Chandra Agrawal,
1775 Kucha Lattushah
Dariba, Chandni Chowk Delhi.



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