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All await verdict on BSP MLAs with bated breath

A sense of curiosity prevails among the people as they await the Allahabad High Court verdict on the BSP?s petition seeking disqualification of its 40 MLAs. The verdict is likely to be pronounced on February 28, 2006.

india Updated: Feb 23, 2006 01:40 IST

A sense of curiosity prevails among the people as they await the Allahabad High Court verdict on the BSP’s petition seeking disqualification of its 40 MLAs. The verdict is likely to be pronounced on February 28, 2006.

As disqualification of MLAs, who had switched over their loyalty to the SP, may have a direct impact on the fate of Mulayam Singh Yadav government, the leaders of all the major political parties are keeping their fingers crossed. Chief Minister is also learnt to be holding consultations with legal luminaries to work out a strategy to meet any eventuality. A close scrutiny of numerical strength of political parties indicates that much may not change for Chief Minister even if 40 MLAs were disqualified.

Yet its likely fallout has become a point of discussion and all eyes are set on the likely developments. Chief Minister may decide to seek a vote of confidence to reaffirm his majority in the Vidhan Sabha, say observers.

As per statistics, the SP has 194 members in a 404-member House. With one vacancy and one nominated member, the effective strength of the House comes down to 402 members. The RLD has 15 members.

If strength of two CPI (M) members, two Uttar Pradesh Loktantrik Congress, one ABC member, independents and unattached members were taken into account, the government enjoys majority of 230 members even without the Congress that has 16 members. Other major political parties include the BJP that has strength of 83 members. The BSP has 67 members. The ABHM has one member. There are 16 Independents and five unattached members (expelled from the BJP).

Thus, numbers may not be a worrying factor for the CM who is learnt to be weighing legal options. A special leave petition (SLP) is being drafted to move the Supreme Court if the verdict went against the defecting MLAs, most of whom hold high positions as minister or its equivalent in Mulayam government.

Advocate General Veerendra Bhatia, however, refused to comment or confirm about such exigency plans.

First Published: Feb 23, 2006 01:40 IST