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BJP demands dissolution of UP Assembly

The BJP claimed the Mulayam Government in Uttar Pradesh was reduced to a minority in the wake of Allahabad high court verdict.

india Updated: Feb 28, 2006 16:25 IST

The BJP on Tuesday claimed the Mulayam Singh Yadav Government in Uttar Pradesh was reduced to a minority in the wake of Allahabad high court verdict.

The Allahabad HC has set aside defection of BSP MLAs to ruling Samajwadi Party and demanded immediate dissolution of the state assembly and imposition of President's rule.

Samajwadi Party, however, dismissed suggestions that the Chief Minister should resign in view of the court judgement and said it would discuss legal options.

BJP chief Rajnath Singh said that after the order of the Lucknow bench of the high court, Mulayam Singh Government has been reduced to a minority. Therefore, state assembly be dissolved and President's rule be imposed immediately".

Union Minister of State for Home Sriprakash Jaiswal skirted a categorical reply on the issue of imposition of President's rule but said the court order will strengthen people's faith in democracy.

"This decision would restore the already receding faith of people in the democratic system", he said outside the Parliament main gate.

SP general secretary Amar Singh rejected demand that Mulayam Singh Yadav Government quit. "The central government should have resigned in the wake of Bihar assembly dissolution judgement. Did they do so?" he said adding, "we will discuss all the legal options".

Suspended Samajwadi Party MP from Agra Raj Babbar said the court order on the BSP MLAs were not a defeat for the party but against the "culture of buy and sale".

First Published: Feb 28, 2006 16:25 IST