Hyderabad: The dust has settled down. The TRS romped home with a majority and the celebrations are still on. As the winning candidates would be taking oath on the constitution soon, it is an irony that 67 out of the 119 legislators have cases against them for not honouring the very same Constitution of India.
Many new MLAs face cases against them
M Padmanabha Reddy, the secretary of Forum for Good Governance, says, “According to the Supreme Court order, the contestants as well as the political parties concerned must issue a declaration in the widely circulated newspapers in the locality about the antecedents of the candidates and also give wide publicity in the electronic media and should be done thrice after filing nomination papers. These directions ought to be implemented in true spirit and right earnestness in a bid to strengthen the democratic set up. However, no party or candidate has taken up this exercise seriously.” The cases are being shown as pending for more than 5 years, as per the affidavits filed by the candidates. Some of the cases are related to issues like rasta roko, rail roko etc. Earlier, the Government of Telangana had withdrawn many cases.