Chandigarh, May 3, 2011. Mr. Kuldeep Bishnoi, MLA and President of the Haryana Janhit Congress (BL) today filed his Affidavit and List of Witnesses before the Speaker Haryana Vidhan Sabha in support of the 5 disqualification petitions filed by him against 5 HJC MLAs, who were elected to Haryana Vidhan Sabha on HJC (BL) ticket in October 2009 but later on had defected to Congress (I). These MLAs are Sh. Sat Pal Sangwan, Sh. Zile Singh, Sh. Narender Singh, Sh. Vinod Bhayana and Sh. Dharam Singh.
Sh. Satya Pal Jain, Senior Advocate accompanied by Sh. Dheeraj Jain, Advocate, counsels for Mr. Bishnoi filed the list and affidavit in the office of the Speaker at 11.30 A.M., because Mr. Kuldeep Sharma Speaker was out of station.Talking to media persons outside Haryana Vidhan Sabha, Sh. Satya Pal Jain said that the Speaker, vide his order dated 27.4.2011, had given 15 days time to the petitioner to file his list of witnesses and affidavit in evidence, which have been filed today. He said that the petitioner has said in his affidavit that the Haryana Janhit Congress (BL) never decided to merge with either Congress or with any other political party. He has said that even today, the Haryana Janhit Congress (BL) is a recognized political party with the Election Commission of India. Even the Secretariats of the Lok Sabha and the Haryana Vidhan Sabha recognize the HJC as a separate political party, till date.
He said that no meeting of the HJC was ever held either in Karnal or anywhere else to discuss about any merger of the HJC with any political party, as falsely claimed by the 5 defecting MLAs. He said that as a matter of fact, the theory of merger has been concocted by these MLAs just to save themselves from disqualification under the Anti-defection Law because, as per law, if a member leaves the political party on whose ticket he was elected and joins any other political party, he is liable to be disqualified from the membership of the Vidhan Sabha.
Mr. Jain said that they have informed the Speaker that Mr. Kuldip Bishnoi is ready to appear for recording his statement and cross-examination before the Speaker at any date. He urged the Speaker to fix the date for this purpose at the earliest possible date. He further said that, at this stage, they do not wish to produce any other witness except Mr. Kuldip Bishnoi himself.