According to Congress sources, the state government has made a lucrative offer to the five MLAs if they decide to resign as BJP legislators. Besides offering positions in the present government, the Congress has also promised them party tickets in the next elections from their present constituencies. The Congress has also offered to field these BJP MLAs as party candidates in by-elections following their resignations.
Sources said the Congress government wants to have a majority in the state assembly and does not want to depend on the Progressive Democratic Front’s seven MLAs. The Harish Rawat government has at present 33 Congress MLAs while two expelled BSP MLAs have extended their support to the Congress. The BSP MLAs may join the Congress anytime in the coming days taking up the Congress tally in the state assembly to exactly half way mark. However, in case the ruling party manages to win over five BJP MLAs latter’s strength in the state assembly will go down to 26 while Congress legislative wing will have 33-35 (by adding expelled BSP MLAs) legislators.
Despite claims by the Congress being in touch with five opposition MLAs, the BJP has rejected this theory alleging that ruling party is trying to present a good picture before the people as it fears the situation after election results are declared. “The Congress party is afraid and worried about saving its legislators. It is trying to send out a message of breaking up BJP MLAs,” said state BJP president Tirath Singh Rawat.