Despite BJP MLA Prahlad Singh Lodhi on Thursday having received stay over the conviction by the High Court, uncertainty still prevails over the fate of the MLA in question as both the ruling Congress and BJP are trading charges on the same.
On the petition of the MLA Prahlad Singh Lodhi, the HC had on Thursday stayed the conviction, promoting his lawyers to claim that Lodhi’s disqualification has automatically been revoked with the court staying his jail term.
“I had ordered disqualification of the MLA in the light of previous orders issued by the assembly speakers and verdict of the Supreme Court,” said MP assembly speaker NP Prajapati, who was in Narsinghpur along with Congress MP Vivek Tankha for seeking blessings of Shankaracharya Swaroopanand Saraswati on Friday.
The matter is subjudice and let’s wait and watch, he added.
The BJP has been accusing Prajapati of acting in haste on Lodhi accusing him of being under pressure from the Congress government.
Tankha too treaded cautiously on the vexed matter saying the state government is approaching Supreme Court of India on the matter and the decision of the apex court would be final. Asked whether the Lodhi is still an MLA, Tankha, the senior Supreme Court lawyer, claimed that commenting anything on matter presently subjudice wasn’t proper and the court verdict would reply this query.
Meanwhile, General Administration Department minister Govind Singh on Friday took a dig at the BJP saying the party instead of leaders is packed with criminals. “After Prahlad Singh Lodhi, many more are in the line for a similar fate,” added Singh.
Meanwhile, Leader of Opposition Gopal Bhargav on Thursday has asked his MLAs to share information about any court cases pending against them. Bhargav has inked letters to all the party lawmakers in this regard.