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Vice President Naidu calls for amendment in anti-defection law

Deccan Herald
Deccan Herald
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on April 24 called for an amendment in the anti-defection law because of the ‘loopholes’ and said that there has to be clarity in the law that delivers the decision against the defectors within six months. Addressing on the occasion of the 50th year of the Press Club, Naidu said, “I feel that the changing of parties has become a big menace. In a democracy, you can change if you don't like a policy or a leader, you can. But when you leave a party, you must leave the position that was given to you by that party. This is the basic principle. There are certain loopholes in the anti-defection law.”

“It allows wholesale defection, but not retail defection. If you want to leave a party, leave and resign from the post. If you want to get re-elected, it is ok. But during that period, you should not be offered any post. This has to be followed by all. The time has come to amend the anti-defection law because there are certain loopholes,” the Vice President added.

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