So, the Vidhan Sabha would now meet on May 9, 2007.
The Principal Secretary Vidhan Sabha Rajendra Prasad Pandey notified the Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey's orders calling to hold the next sitting of Vidhan Sabha on May 9.
The Vidhan Sabha had last met on February 26, 2007 when the chief minister had secured the vote of confidence.
Will the Speaker defer the proposed meeting of Vidhan Sabha yet again? The BJP member Lakshmi Kant Bajpai said the term of the House ends on May 14, 1007. So, the Speaker is unlikely to defer the meeting further, he said. The state government proposes to move a bill to accord minority status to the Mohammad Ali Jauhar University, he said.
This is going to be after a gap of 50 years that Vidhan Sabha would hold its sitting in the midst of elections. The House has not only met in the midst of elections it has even held its sitting and passed the finance bill after the election of the members of the new House.
A visit down the memory lane indicates that the 1st Vidhan Sabha had met after the election of new members of the House in 1957. A study of Vidhan Sabha's proceedings indicates that the meeting of the 1st House was held on March 27, 1957 even after announcement of the poll results and a few days before constituting the 2nd Vidhan Sabha on April 1, 1957. "The election is over. The new House will meet after some days. New members will come here. They will get an opportunity to work. I hope that their path will be smoother by what we have done. This will be helpful in someway or the other. Some of us will not be there in the new House," said the then chief minister Dr Sampoornanand while bidding adieu to members at the last sitting of 1st House on March 27, 1957.
The then Minister for Finance Hafiz Mohammad Ibrahim had even moved the Uttar Pradesh Appropriation (vote on account) Bill 1957 in the House on March 26, 1957. His address indicates how the 1st House began establishing parliamentary conventions. The minister quoted the proceedings of 1952 to point out that there should be no debate on vote on account.
A mention about members who lost the election has been even made in the address of the then Speaker Atma Ram Govind Kher. "I am sorry for those who have not been elected and will not be there at the next sittings of the House. Those who have lost the election should however not think that that they did not work or their working was faulty. It so happens that when one wrestler wins the other loses. But the loser regains his strength and defeats the winner again."
A comparative study of the 1st and the 14th house indicates towards many similarities though much water has flown down the Gomti. Take the case of role of opposition. The opposition was present in the House in 1957. This is not going to be the case in the House in 2007. The BSP and the Congress have already announced resignations of their members. The main opposition party the BJP may also not attend the next sitting of Vidhan Sabha. The then Leader of Opposition Gainda Singh took part in the proceedings of the House on March 27, 1957. Will the Leader of Opposition attend the last sitting? This is going to be the million-dollar question that would find its answer in the days to come.