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Respite For Congress

Congress in Odisha received a huge respite with the Supreme Court of India today staying an order of the Orissa High Court disqualifying MLA Jogesh Singh from the Sundargarh Assembly Segment


With the SC’s stay, Not only Mr.Singh will continue as the MLA of Sundergarh, but also the Congress will be able to protect its Leader of Opposition Status in State Legislative Assembly.

Odisha Legislative Assembly has 147 MLAs. As per rule, Congress needs 15 members to become eligible for the leader of opposition status. However, after disqualification of Jogesh Singh, the Congress strength had come down to 14.

Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra was worried over losing his status. 
However as Mr.Singh obtains a stay from the Supreme Court on the Orissa High Court's order, now Congress Legislature Party has 15 Members.

The High Court had declared disqualified Mr.Singh's election as "null and void" after hearing petitions filed by BJP candidate Sahadev Xaxa and another voter Ajay Patel who alleged that Singh submitted false and fabricated caste certificate categorizing himself as Bhuyan tribe member.
 
Senior  Advocates,  Kapil Sibal and Pitambar Acharya argued the case on behalf of the MLA.
 
“Since the High Court had cancelled the election of Jogesh Singh as Sundergarh MLA citing unavailability of evidence in support of his scheduled tribe (ST) caste status, a Division Bench comprising Justice AK Sikri and Justice Ashok Bhusan of the Supreme Court stated the Judgment as unlawful and issued a stay order,” Mr.Acharya told reporters.
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