Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey on Saturday 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 paraded before the Governor TV Rajeswar on Friday.
"I have received the communiqué from Raj Bhawan. It has been sent to inform me regarding the move of MLAs along with copies of letters given by them to the Governor," said the speaker adding that he would look into the issue.
The speaker 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 the MLAs who went to Raj Bhawan.
The State BJP President Keshri Nath Tripathi said the speaker could only take a note of Raj Bhawan's 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.
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 has already expelled six MLAs while a petition seeking disqualification of three others was already pending before the speaker.
The BJP would now request the speaker to expedite the 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.
The Congress Legislature Party leader Pramod Tiwari, however, said the speaker should suo motu take note of Raj Bhawan's letter and initiate action against the MLAs.
The Congress has already expelled the MLA who went to Raj Bhawan, he said adding that the Samajwadi Party's move to parade the MLAs before the governor reflected that the party faced threat of exodus. The parade of the MLAs was a move to check the exodus, he said.
The 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 on Saturday and addressed the partymen," said Maurya adding that under such circumstances no one should expect that the speaker would take action against the MLAs.
A neutral speaker would, however, take suo motu note of Raj Bhawan's communiqué and take action under the anti defection law, he said adding that any expelled MLA had no right to extend support to any political party.