Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav may have proved a shrewd strategist as he comfortably won trust vote in the Vidhan Sabha on Thursday. However the CM may have to answer some uncomfortable questions as numbers he got in the House through floor crossing come for close scrutiny.
Mulayam won the trust vote with 223 votes to nil and he made a deep dent into major political parties that include the Rashtriya Lok Dal, Bharatiya Janata Party and Bahujan Samaj Party. That the MLAs who cross voted in favour of the trust motion were not bothered for the anti-defection laws became evident that when BJP MLA Mahendra Singh Yadav demanded a lobby division in the absence of opposition.
By winning trust vote the chief minister was not only able to silence his detractors but also tried to prove another point. His government may continue to enjoy a comfortable majority even if Supreme Court disqualifies the 33-BSP defectors in days to come. Chief minister also knows that he may have to secure more such trust votes as fate of 33 BSP defectors hangs in a balance following the Supreme Court’s decision to reserve its verdict.
Soon after winning trust vote a jubilant chief minister said trust vote had been necessitated after Rashtriya Lok Dal’s decision to withdraw support. Chief minister said he would move more trust motions and win them if so needed in days to come.
A close scrutiny of voting pattern indicated that two Samajwadi party MLAs including the Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey did not vote for the trust motion. As per statistics chief minister enjoyed support of 206 MLAs in the House. So he has been able to win over about 17 MLAs from the ranks of Opposition.
This includes three MLAs from Rashtriya Lok Dal that had recently pulled out of Mulayam government. A major chunk of 15-member Rashtriya Lok Dal though staged a walk out along with the rest of the opposition barring three members including Samar Pal Singh, Ganga Prasad Pushkar and Prem Singh who opted to stay back and voted in favour of trust motion.
About 10 Bharatiya Janata Party MLAs who supported trust motion had recently shifted loyalty to Samajwadi Party. This is in addition to the support of six unattached MLAs including five from BJP and one from Congress.
Besides Mahendra Singh Yadav who demanded lobby division others who supported the motion included the Amarjeet Singh “Jansevak”, Rajeev Kumar Singh, Sandeep Bansal, Shivendra Singh, Shyam Singh Aheria and Shobran Yadav, Chandramani Kant Singh, Raveendra Pundir, Chhote Lal Verma. Four Bahujan Samaj Party MLAs who supported the trust motion included Bhupendra Singh, Kuldeep Sengar and Satto Devi and Kapil Dev Yadav.