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UP Governor sends report to Govt

TV Rajeswar questions the continuance of the UP govt in the backdrop of the SC verdict, reports Umesh Raghuvanshi.

india Updated: Feb 17, 2007 21:52 IST

Uncertainty loomed over the fate of the Mulayam Singh Yadav government with Governor TV Rajeswar sending his report to the Centre, questioning the formation and continuance of the government in the backdrop of the Supreme Court's verdict disqualifying 13 breakaway BSP MLAs with effect from August 27, 2003.

A special messenger from Raj Bhawan took the report to New Delhi though there was no official communiqué in this regard. There was also no confirmation of whether the Governor made a categorical recommendation for the dismissal of the Mulayam Singh Yadav government and the imposition of President's rule, or just sent a status report to the Union Home Ministry.

Raj Bhawan remained tightlipped on the issue. According to sources, the Governor, in his report, enclosed copies of the Bahujan Samaj Party's petition no 5085 (M/B) of 2003, which had been filed in the High Court. The Supreme Court, in its order dated February 14, 2007, had allowed the petition. With this, the Governor has raised questions over the continuance of the remaining 24 BSP breakaway group MLAs.

The Congress and the BSP leaders, during their meeting with the Governor, had pointed out that all the 37 MLAs of the breakaway group stood disqualified following the Supreme Court verdict.

Both the parties asserted that the formation of the Mulayam government had become illegal following the verdict, questioning the continuance of ministers belonging to the breakaway group. The Governor has reportedly expressed apprehensions of horse-trading if the chief minister is allowed to seek a vote of confidence in the Vidhan Sabha on February 26. The Governor's point gets credence from cross-voting by the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Bahujan Samja Party and the Rashtriya Lok Dal MLAs during the voting on the trust motion in the Vidhan Sabha on January 25, 2007.

So far, only the BJP has demanded disqualification of the 10 MLAs who had cross-voted on January 25. Other parties may also make similar moves, if the CM was allowed to seek trust vote again.

The Governor has also not accepted resignations of six ministers that Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav had handed over to him on February 15. The Governor is obviously apprehensive that acceptance of the resignations of ministers would amount to validating their claim in office despite the disqualification.

Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav has also worked out a counter strategy to make his point that he was ready to prove his majority on the floor of Vidhan Sabha on February 26, 2007.

He has also convened an emergency meeting of party workers on February 21.
Besides bracing up against possible imposition of President's rule, the chief minister is also exploring options if the Bahujan Samaj Party decides to move a contempt petition in the Supreme Court to ensure disqualification of 37 MLAs of the breakaway group in the days to come.