Sitaram Yechuri said the legislature and the executive should resolve the rift in judiciary.
NEW DELHI: The CPM - which recently voted to rule out any electoral deal with the Congress -- today started an effort to build consensus among opposition parties for an impeachment motion in parliament against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra. Impeachment of the Chief Justice of India is a complicated process that involves a presidential order backed by majority support in both houses of parliament for an address and a vote.
Mr Yechury --- whose proposal for joining forces with the Congress in the battle against the BJP was shot down by his party in a vote on Sunday -- said he has already met NCP leader Tariq Anwar and rebel JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav.
Mr Yechuri said it was time the legislature and the executive come together to resolve the issue, since the judiciary has been unable to address it.
"Suggestions have come from other opposition parties that we should consider an impeachment motion. Discussions are on," Mr Yechury was quoted as saying by news agency Press Trust of India. "By the time the parliament session begins on January 29, something concrete will emerge," he added.
To kickstart the process, 50 members of Rajya Sabha or 100 members of the Lok Sabha need to sign the motion.
The opposition is a minority in the Lok Sabha, where the ruling NDA enjoys an overwhelming majority. In the 245-member Rajya Sabha, the BJP recently outstripped Congress to become the largest party. The CPM had 7 seats in Rajya Sabha, the NCP has 5. Sharad Yadav was disqualified from the Rajya Sabha following his rebellion last year.
The Congress till now is not inclined to taking the impeachment route, sources in the party have said. The government had indicated that the rift is an internal matter of the judiciary. Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently said the judiciary is capable of resolving it and the government and political parties must stay out.
Several rounds of meeting have already been held between Chief Justice Dipak Misra and the four judges, and sources said the "ice is being broken", though a final resolution is yet to be arrived at.-NDTV