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DMK & Samajwadi Party sign in & sign out; Trinamool repeats ‘pehle aap’

The pullouts could dictate reflexes of RJD legislators too who have been watching the developments. Congress made to realise the inherent vagaries of those working for ‘opposition unity’.

, ET Bureau|
Apr 06, 2018, 07.43 AM IST
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CJI Dipak Misra
The Congress leadership had reached out to DMK and Trinamool Congress leadership seeking a renewal of their appeal to impeach CJI Dipak Misra.
New Delhi: With the budget session set to end on Friday, efforts of the Congress-led Opposition to bring an impeachment motion against the Chief Justice of India has turned tricky. Three DMK Rajya Sabha MPs who signed the proposal on Wednesday night withdrew their signatures on Thursday afternoon after the DMK leadership in Chennai did a U-turn. Adding to the convulsions, the Samajwadi Party too is having a rethink, even as Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamaool Congress continued to maintain its ‘pehle aap’ posture.

After the Congress leadership reached out to DMK and Trinamool Congress leadership on Wednesday night, renewing their appeal to join the signature, DMK Rajya Sabha MPs RS Bharati, Tiruchi Shiva and TKS Elangovan signed the proposal. However, by Thursday afternoon, the trio approached Congress floor leaders to inform that they were withdrawing the signatures following a direction from Chennai.

Then came the news of SP pulling out. “Whiteners from Chennai and Lucknow have come on the signature paper,” quipped an Opposition MP.

The Trinamool Congress, which had assured that it will take the final decision soon, maintained, “we will sign if rest of the like-minded parties too sign.” The pullouts could dictate reflexes of RJD MPs too who have been watching the developments.

“While we still have more than the required 50 signatures, DMK and SP pullout and Trinamool’s dithering has created a big confusion. Technically, we can still move ahead but image of division among like-minded opposition parties makes it a tricky choice,” said a leader coordinating the efforts.

There was speculation in Parliament House that reflexes of regional parties were dictated by political considerations and legal troubles. The developments have also made Congress realise the inherent vagaries of those working for ‘opposition unity’ amid some regional parties floating questions on whether Congress was united on the impeachment issue.

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