The Bharatiya Janata Party’s demand for disqualification of Mukul Roy as legislator under anti-defection law had its first hearing on Friday that was held by West Bengal assembly speaker Biman Banerjee.

The next hearing will be conducted on 30th July. BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari submitted a 68-page document to back his demand and the opposition leader told the media that BJP is planning to move court.

Adhikari told the court that no law of the land is followed in Bengal. There is audio and video evidence, Twitter posts as well as statements made by people which prove that anti-defection law is applicable against Roy. He further added that despite that, Roy was made chairman of the public accounts committee (PAC). The Speaker is not following established laws and also mentioned that they are planning to move court.

Mukul Roy joined BJP in 2017 and became the party’s national vice-president, but then he returned to Trinamool Congress (TMC) on 11th June and did not officially resign from the BJP. He was made chairman of the PAC of the Bengal assembly on July 9. Adhikari submitted a petition on 18th June saying that Mukul Roy should be disqualified under the anti-defection law.

The decision to disqualify a member is only taken by the speaker. On this issue, the speaker has not yet talked to the media. Partha Chatterjee, Parliamentary affairs minister also refused to comment on the hearing.

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