AMIDST INDICATIONS that the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) and the Congress continue to hold close-door parleys, the Mulayam Singh Yadav Government remains on tenterhooks. Similar is the state of leaders of major political parties in UP. It is because of this fact that the government is unwilling to adjourn the Vidhan Sabha sine die.
After holding a sitting after a brief gap, the Vidhan Sabha would now meet on September 14 and 15. If leaders of various political parties are to be believed, more such ‘stoppages’ may be there between sittings of the House once State Government decided to prolong the session.
Why? This would enable Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav to seek a trust vote anytime if attempts were made to destabilise his government, legislators say. “The Samajwadi Party is suffering from Congress phobia,” said Lakshmi Kant Bajpai of the BJP. Despite enjoying support of Congress, the SP remained suspicious of the former’s motives, Bajpai added.
Congress Legislature Party leader Pramod Tiwari, however, counters Bajpai’s viewpoint. There should be no basis to doubt the motive of the Congress, Tiwari said and added that his party did not believe in destabilising a constitutionally elected government.
Tiwari, however, agreed that the Vidhan Sabha session was being unnecessarily prolonged. The Congress was ready to complete the House’s agenda at the earliest, he said.
Assertions of Tiwari and other leaders notwithstanding, an air of uncertainty is hovering on the political horizon yet again. The RLD’s moves have obviously become a cause of serious concern for the ruling party. RLD chief Ajit Singh is yet to name any leader to replace Minister for Irrigation Dr Merajuddin Ahmad whose six-month term expires on September 4. Merajuddin is not a member of any of the two Houses. So he may tender his resignation in a day or two.
Now, all eyes would be set on the next move of Ajit Singh: Whether the RLD would fill in the vacancy or move out of the Mulayam Government?
Significantly, Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav continues to play cards close to his chest. The Chief Minister has been keeping the Opposition on the tenterhooks over the issue of holding the elections to the urban local bodies.
Conflicting signals from the ruling party on issue has added to the confusion.
No doubt, the Chief Minister is in command and enjoys a clear majority in Vidhan Sabha. Yet the ruling party is not willing to take any chances. Chief Minister has already asserted that he did not trust Governor TV Rajeswar. So, he does not want to leave any room for any role of the Governor if the RLD decides to withdraw support from the government.
Under such a situation the Chief Minister would prove majority in the House, say observers.
Significantly, this is not for the first time that the session of State legislature is being prolonged. The State Government had even prolonged the last session of the House in 2005-2006. The Vidhan Sabha session that began on November 11, 2005 continued till March 29, 2006. And during the 129 days of the session the House met only for 12 days.
This time also the Vidhan Sabha may not hold too many sittings even during this session, said another MLA.