Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav on Wednesday refrained from moving the much talked about resolution demanding scheduled caste category reservation for Muslim and Christian Dalits even as the Bharatiya Janata Party moved an amendment opposing the move while the Bahujan Samaj Party demanded that the resolution be referred to the standing committee of House.
The chief minister had proposed to move the government resolution in the Vidhan Sabha on Wednesday in an obvious bid to regain his loosening grip on the Muslims and other minorities in the state. The resolution that the chief minister proposed to send to the Union Government demands that Muslim and Christian Dalits be included in the list of scheduled caste reservation to provide them the reservation facilities on the same lines as being given to those listed under Article 341 of the Constitution.
Soon after the Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey asked the State Government to move the resolution the Minister for Revenue Ambika Chaudhary informed the House that the chief minister was interested in moving the resolution himself in the House.
As the chief minister was preoccupied on Wednesday the resolution be deferred to the next working day of the House. The resolution was listed as item number-20 on Vidhan Sabha's agenda and the State Government also had the option to urge the Speaker to take up the resolution early in the day when the chief minister was present in the House.
Chief Minister may have obviously decided to defer the issue to give a second thought to it in the backdrop of stiff opposition from the main opposition, the Bharatiya Janata Party. The BJP has already amendments to oppose the resolution and demand that words Christian and Muslim be deleted from the resolution.
The BSP has also demanded that the resolution be referred to the standing committee of House. The resolution may now come up in the House at the next meeting of Vidhan Sabha on December 4, 2006.
Significantly the words used "Samajwadi Sarkar" in the resolution have raised many an eyebrow. Whether the Rashtriya Lok Dal, the main ally of Mulayam Singh Yadav government, would like to associate itself with the move? This is a million dollar question being asked even as the RLD is yet to come out with any official stand on the issue. The Minister for Tourism Kokab Hamid said the chief minister did not consult his party before moving the resolution.