Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav said on Wednesday he commanded a majority and if the opposition so desired he would prove it again in the Vidhan Sabha, scheduled to meet on February 26.
Reacting to the Supreme Court verdict disqualifying 13 MLAs, Yadav said unnecessary confusion was being created over the SC's verdict. He said he welcomed the SC decision and added he had won a trust vote with the support of 223 members in the House on January 25.
Out of those disqualified, 11 were with his government, said the CM. Asked what action would be taken against ministers who have lost their membership of the House following the disqualification, Yadav said he would take a decision after giving a thought to the issue. Out of the remaining three MLAs disqualified on Wednesday, two had gone back to the BSP and had no voting rights, said the CM.
The CM turned down the demand of tendering resignation on moral grounds saying Vidhan Sabha elections were round the corner and he would respect the verdict of the people. Yadav took a dig at the main opposition parties for demanding President's rule and said the Bahujan Samja Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party had formed a government in the state though the two parties had contested the last Vidhan Sabha election against each other. That was a rule of tyranny and Raja Bhaiyya (who was there at the press meet on Wednesday) had been a witness to it, he said. The CM also flayed the Congress and said the party had no base in Uttar Pradesh.