SPEAKER MATA Prasad Pandey today said he would look into the communiqué that Raj Bhawan has sent to him regarding the Samajwadi Party-sponsored parade of 21 MLAs even as the Bharatiya Janata Party decided to file a petition seeking disqualification of three more MLAs who were presented before Governor TV Rajeswar on Friday.
“I have received the communiqué from Raj Bhawan. The communiqué and the copies of letters given by the MLAs to the Governor have been sent to inform me about the move of the legislatures,” said the Speaker.
Pandey refused to make any further comments even as opinions remain divided over the conduct of the MLAs and the action that may be taken against them.
Replying to a query on the issue, State BJP president Keshari Nath Tripathi said the Speaker could only take a note of the communiqué. Action against the MLAs, however, could be taken only if a petition was filed against them under the 10th Schedule of the Constitution, he said.
The BJP would soon file a petition seeking disqualification of three more party MLAs who include Rajiv Singh, Shivendra Singh and Shobaran Singh, he said adding that out of 12 BJP MLAs who went to Raj Bhawan the party had already expelled six MLAs while petition seeking disqualification of three others was already pending before the Speaker. The BJP would now request the Speaker to expedite hearing on party’s petition against the three MLAs, he said. The BSP and the Congress have already expelled their respective MLAs who included two from BSP and one from Congress.
Congress Legislature Party leader Pramod Tiwari, however, said the Speaker should suo moto take note of Raj Bhawan’s letter and initiate action against the MLAs.
The Congress had already expelled the MLA who went to the Raj Bhawan, he said. The Samajwadi Party’s move to parade the MLAs before the Governor reflected that the party faced the threat of exodus, he added.
Bahujan Samaj Party leader Swami Prasad Maurya, however, said he did not hope much from the Speaker on the issue.
“The Speaker attended the Samajwadi Party’s convention today and addressed partymen,” said Maurya adding that under such circumstances no one should expect that the Speaker would take action against the MLAs.