History repeats itself after a gap of 50 years in Vidhan Sabha.
Uttar Pradesh Vidhan Sabha has not only met in the midst of elections it has even held its sitting and passed finance bill after election of the members of the new House. As Vidhan Sabha remains in session in the midst of elections there are strong possibilities that the House may hold its sitting anytime till end of term on May 14, 2007.
So, this is going to be after a gap of 50 years against Vidhan Sabha would meet not only in the midst of elections but even possibly after final phase of voting. A visit down memory lane shows that 1st Vidhan Sabha had met after election of new members of Vidhan Sabha in 1957. Many similarities can be sited in the 1st House and the 14th one though much water has since flown down the Gomti.
The last meeting of the 1st House was held on March 27, 1957 after announcement of poll results. So the 2nd Vidhan Sabha was constituted merely after four days on April 1, 1957. “Election is over. New House will meet after some days. New members will come here. They will get an opportunity to work. I hope that there path will be smoother by what we have done. This will be helpful in someway or the other. Some of us will not be there in new House,” said the then Chief Minister Dr. Sampoornanand while bidding them adieu to members at the last sitting of 1st House on March 27, 1957.
A day before last sitting of House the then Minister for Finance Hafiz Mohammad Ibrahim had even moved the Uttar Pradesh Appropriation (vote on account) Bill 1957 in House. By this time the parliamentary conventions had already begun taking shape. This becomes evident from the address of the minister who quoted the proceedings of 1952 to point out that there should be no debate on vote on account.
Significantly the then Speaker Atmaram Govind Kher too referred to members who had lost the election. “I am sorry for those who have not been elected and will not be there at the next sittings of the House. Those who have lost the election should however not think that that they did not work or their working was faulty. It so happens that when one wrestler wins the other loses. But the loser regains his strength and defeats the winner again.”
A comparative study would indicate that if there are some stark similarities after 50 years the situation may not be the same this time. Opposition was present in the House in 1957. There may not be any opposition member in House in 2007 if Vidhan Sabha meets next month.
The BSP and the Congress have already announced resignations of their members. The Leader of Opposition Lalji Tandon said there was no justification in holding sitting of the House at this stage. “WE will take an appropriate decision if the House meets now,” he said. This was not so in 1957 when the Leader of Opposition Gainda Singh took part in the proceedings of the House on March 27, 1957. “Leaders upheld high democratic values in the 1st House. Situation is different now,” says Tandon.