UP Speaker disqualifies eighteen members of the current assembly
Lucknow: As many as eighteen members of the current Uttar Pradesh assembly were disqualified by speaker Mata Prasad Pandey on Thursday which may be called a belated move as the new House (seventeenth) is likely to be constituted soon.
These MLAs who have deserted their parent organisations on the eve of just concluded assembly elections in the state and who (excepting one) are seeking-re-election have been disqualified under the Anti-Defection law.
All these members will lose their salaries and allowances or will have to refund if they have already received them from the period of their disqualification.
The desertion began in June last and continued up to December, a few weeks before this year's assembly polls.
Of the total, eleven deserters belonged to the Bahujan Samaj Party, six to the Congress and one to the Bhartiya Janta Party.
One member who is not seeking re-election is Vijay Kumar Dubey.