MLAs resigning in the last year of unethical tenure

New Delhi: Another assembly by-election is going to be held in Telangana. Almost a year from now when Telangana assembly elections are due, the MLA from Munugodu assembly constituency has resigned, costing the exchequer a costly by-election, as well as the contesting candidates and political parties. For reasons best known to them, in recent times some legislators have been choosing to resign voluntarily and happily from their respective seats before fulfilling their conditions and the party from which they were elected. left him.

Political analysts refer to this tendency as an attempt to gain personal political advantage rather than any ideological preference. This leads to by-elections for the seat and sometimes months before the completion of the term of the legislature. If the by-election is delayed, the elected MLA will have hardly six months or less to serve and he will not even get a chance to sit in the House.

An MLA who resorts to resignation does not understand that it is a rare privilege and honour, by the voters to sit him in the prestigious Legislative Assembly for a period of five years and resign before the completion of the term, it is immoral, illogical and evading responsibility. Is. , It has also become a known practice that the person who vacates the seat again contests on the ticket of a different party.

What is the reason for resigning and contesting again is an unanswered question. Some national parties accept them overnight and usually offer party tickets with a one-point agenda of defeating the rival of a popular regional party. The ethics of giving tickets after long waits in earlier days are no longer seen.

A person normally resigns from the position he or she holds in order to take up a more challenging task, not for something equal to or less than the present. Lack of opportunities for advancement and feeling of disrespect in the present situation are also reasons for resigning. Actually, this is not happening in the recent resignations of most of the MLAs. Instead of blaming the organization that it is often leaving in unparliamentary language, resigning in a professional and polite manner on good terms has also become an unhealthy trait that is highly reprehensible.

Unfortunately, most of the MLAs who resort to resignation give reasons which are not acceptable. For example, differences with the party president or not being placed in a high position in the party, or not being given the post of minister or not getting appointment or recognition with top leaders, etc., are not valid reasons.

In January 2013, in the united Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, 10 TRS MLAs left the assembly, not the party, in protest against the Terms of Reference (TOR) of the Srikrishna Committee. The move comes after the all-party Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC) called for Telangana MLAs to submit their resignations, rejecting the ToR to pressurize the Center to take immediate steps for the formation of Telangana. The speaker accepted the resignation.

Five YSR Congress Party MPs resigned in April 2018 over the Centre’s failure to grant special category status to Andhra Pradesh. These were instances of resignation for a cause and not for personal political gain. One of the best examples is that of Neelam Sanjiva Reddy who resigned twice as an MP to contest as President of India in 1969 and 1977; It was a challenging task, once as a Congress candidate and later as a consensus candidate.

India models its democracy in Britain. In principle resignation from the House of Commons was never allowed in Britain. Technically Members of Parliament sitting in the House of Commons are not allowed to resign from their seats, but they can only be disqualified or lose elections for which there is a well laid out procedure.

To circumvent this, MPs who wish to step down are instead appointed to an ‘office of profit under the Crown’, which disqualifies them from sitting in Parliament. For this purpose, a legal spec is maintained where two unpaid offices are considered offices of profit: Steward and Bailiff of the Chiltern Hundreds, and Steward and Bailiff of the Manor of North Steed.

The US Constitution explicitly provides for the resignation of senators, but, curiously, it says nothing about resigning from the House of Representatives. If a vacancy occurs due to the death, resignation or removal of a senator, the state legislature empowers the governor to appoint a replacement to complete the term or hold office until a special election is held. The Governor of the represented State can immediately appoint a successor. Since special elections incur taxpayers’ expenses, the activists also suggested that the retiring member should bear the election expenses.