Shortly after lambasting the Governor TV Rajeswar for hampering the special session of the Vidhan Sabha proposed for January 15, Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav decided to avert a confrontation and accepted the prorogation of the House.
The chief minister presided over the meeting of the state cabinet that decided to retract. "We have received the governor's letter to prorogue the House," said chief minister adding the state cabinet therefore decided to prorogue the House and notification in this regard would be issued.
Earlier addressing the Kurmi rally Mulayam Singh had said that the governor was resorting to "unconstitutional" means to help the Congress destabilise his government.
The cabinet at its meeting on January 3, 2007 had decided to prorogue the recently concluded session of the Vidhan Sabha. Later when the Rashtriya Lok Dal decided to withdraw support from the Mulayam government the cabinet decided to cancel its January 3, 2007 decision and hold a special session of Vidhan Sabha from January 15, 2007.
As the governor had been in New Delhi his assent was awaited to issue notification to prorogue House. Governor returned from New Delhi on Wednesday and his assent to prorogation of the House was conveyed to the government.
Another file seeking governor's nod to cancel the January 3 decision and hold special session from January 15, 2007 was also returned by Raj Bhawan with a note that a decision on the issue had been already taken in the previous file.
Asked if he proposed to convene the special session afresh after the notification to prorogue the House was issued, the chief minister said no decision in this regard had been so far taken. The state government would let everybody know whenever such a decision was taken, he said.
Minutes before the cabinet's decision the Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey said he had convened an all-party meeting to discuss the developments at 11 am on Friday.
The Speaker initially indicated that the Vidhan Sabha session would be held on January 15. However, he changed stance midway through the press conference to announce that he would have no problem issuing a gazette notification once the Vidhan Sabha secretariat received the file signed by the governor.
Most of the ministers who attended the cabinet said no other issue was discussed at the meeting. "We are happy that a contentious issue has been resolved," said a senior minister.