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Bengal elections: Swapan Dasgupta resigns as Rajya Sabha MP amid row over candidature | India News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: BJP candidate from Tarakeshwar in Bengal, Swapan Dasgupta, has resigned as a nominated member of the Rajya Sabha.
His resignation has been sent to the chairman of the House, and is yet to be accepted.
Just a day back, Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra had questioned Dasgupta’s candidature.
Drawing attention to the 10th Schedule of the Constitution, Moitra had argued that Dasgupta, as a nominated member of the upper House, stands to be disqualified as he has joined a political party after six months of taking oath.

Seeking to further clarify her point, Moitra said that Dasgupta’s candidature will not be cancelled for being a nominated member of Rajya Sabha. However he will cease to be an MP once he files his nomination.
Dasgupta was nominated to Rajya Sabha by the President in April 2016. As per the 10th Schedule that deals with disqualification of MPs, “A nominated member of a House shall be disqualified for being a member of the House if he joins any political party after the expiry of six months from the date on which he takes his seat after complying with the requirements of article 99 or, as the case may be, article 188.”
Dasgupta’s name was announced as the BJP candidate from Tarakeshwar assembly constituency in Hooghly district on Sunday.
(With agency inputs)





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