In a late night development on Sunday, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati decided to recommend the dissolution of the 15th Vidhan Sabha once the assembly election results are announced on March 6.
The Cabinet by circulation approved the chief minister's decision, highly placed sources said.
Under the Constitution, the cabinet can send a recommendation for House dissolution to the governor for assent.
Mayawati's move seems to be calculated since most of the exit polls , taken after the last phase of polling on March 3, indicated that the BSP was on its way out of power.
The term of the present assembly expires on May 21. The new 16th assembly is expected to be constituted by the governor on March 9 after the Election Commission (EC) notifies the new elected members of the 403 member House, whose results would be declared on March 6.
According to some political observers, Mayawati's move is to continue as an acting chief minister if there is a fractured mandate on March 6.But on the other hand some were of the view that the act of the chief minister was to pre-empt any move by the opposition political parties to dent into the BSP just after the counting of votes.
BSP has a bad record of its legislators joining other party to form the government in the last two decades except for the 2007 assembly elections when it achieved an absolute majority.
Now it is up to the governor to decide on the act of the state government. The governors in the past have not entertained the claim of the single largest party to form the government. But much would depend on the numbers.
However, imposition of president rule won't be easy as the governor has to explore all options before recommending the same.
If any single party gets 160+ seats, the governor may ask the leader of the party to show his numbers. He will then send the invite to form the government giving time to prove majority on the floor of the house.
(With UNI inputs)