IN A sudden volte-face, the BJP today completely disassociated itself from the resolution ‘unanimously passed’ in the Vidhan Sabha yesterday authorising Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav to deal with the situation in the Lucknow University and its associated colleges.
Talking to Hindustan Times here this evening, BJP Legislature Party leader Lalji Tandon said there were only suggestions about a resolution and no such resolution was ever moved by anyone.
Tandon said though there was consensus among the members that something should be done to improve the situation on the LU campus, no formal resolution was moved by anybody. The Parliamentary Affairs Minister had merely ‘suggested’ that the House should pass a resolution to authorise the chief minister to take necessary measure, he said.
Criticising the style of functioning of Vidhan Sabha Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey, Tandon said it was the Speaker who hurriedly announced that the House had unanimously agreed to authorise the chief minister for the job. Tandon said Pandey all by himself announced that the so-called ‘resolution’ had been passed ‘unanimously’ and never really gave any opportunity to anybody to react.
“The Chief Minister is responsible for everything and enjoys all the powers. What more power or authority the House can give him,” Tandon asked.
The BJP sources, however, had a different tale to tell on Tandon’s move.
According to them, senior party leaders were angry with Tandon’s decision to extend support to the chief minister and this reportedly forced Tandon to change his stand on the contentious issue. In the past, the academic atmosphere in universities had been a serious issue for the BJP and various steps were taken during the Rajnath Singh and Kalyan Singh regimes to improve the situation. Not only this, the BJP bosses thought this to be an important issue that could be encashed during the Vidhan Sabha poll.