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BSP to boycott hearing

VIDHAN SABHA Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey today fixed March 25 as the next date of hearing even as the Bahujan Samaj Party said it would not turn up for the hearing hereafter till the Speaker passed an order on the application of five BSP rebels.

india Updated: Mar 23, 2006 00:39 IST

VIDHAN SABHA Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey today fixed March 25 as the next date of hearing even as the Bahujan Samaj Party said it would not turn up for the hearing hereafter till the Speaker passed an order on the application of five BSP rebels.

A piquant situation prevailed when Bahujan Samaj Party counsel Satish Chandra Mishra requested the Speaker to pass an order on the application of five BSP rebels today. Five BSP rebels in their application have urged the Speaker to withdraw their application giving information about the split in the Bahujan Samaj Party and the formation of Loktantrik Bahujan Dal.

The BSP had no arguments to make on the issue, said Mishra adding there was no point in fixing another date for hearing when both the sides had already concluded their arguments. As the case was listed before the Supreme Court on March 24, the Speaker should give his verdict at the earliest. Mishra requested the Speaker to release afresh, party position in the Vidhan Sabha. Mishra said the Speaker should give his verdict about the status of the 40 BSP rebels in the House. Mishra also raised objections against affidavits filed by 26 BSP rebels before the Speaker today. No annexures had been filed with affidavits filed by BSP rebels, said Mishra.

Significantly, Minister for Revenue Ambika Chaudhary, who along with the advocate Gaurav Bhatia represented the group of BSP rebels, said no one could put any pressure on the Speaker. The Speaker, however, said he would not work under pressure and would give his verdict in a free and fair manner.

Leaders of the BSP rebels Rajendra Singh Rana later told mediapersons that the 26 legislators in their affidavits have given information about the split in the BSP and subsequent information about the formation of LBD.

First Published: Mar 23, 2006 00:39 IST