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Speaker’s powers on Anti-Defection Cases

  Nov 25, 2021

Speaker’s powers on Anti-Defection Cases

Q What is the context  ?

A The All-India Presiding Officers’ Conference (AIPOC) ended with the delegates failing to reach a consensus on whether the Speaker’s powers under the anti-defection law should be limited.

Q What is Anti-defection Law?

Q Which cases are  considered under the anti-defection law ?

A The law covers three scenarios with respect to shifting of political parties by an MP or an MLA.

1.Voluntary give-up

2. Independent members

3.  Nominated MPs

Q Who has the powers to disqualification ?

Q What is role of the Speaker/Presiding Officer ?

Q What are reasons for Speakers’ bias ?

Q What can be Way forward ?