CM gets Guv nod for Bill, MA Khan
IT WAS Mulayam Singh Yadav’s day today.
Yadav, who had gone to the Raj Bhawan to hand over resignation letters of his two Cabinet colleagues, got the Governor’s nod on not one but two controversial issues— appointment of Justice Khan as chief information commissioner (CIC) and the Uttar Pradesh State Legislature Prevention of (disqualification) Amendment Bill-2006.
The surprise decisions came soon after Yadav called on Rajeswar and had a tête-à-tête with him for about half an hour at the Raj Bhawan on Monday.
Yadav handed over the resignation letters of his two Cabinet colleagues—Surendra Vikram Singh and Jaivir Singh —to the Governor and also discussed the appointment of controversial former High Court judge MA Khan besides the contentious Amendment Bill-2006..
Yadav it seems successfully convinced the governor over Khan’s appointment though the Governor was earlier said to be reluctant to give his consent to the appointment. The governor also reportedly had reservations for the amendment bill.
Justice MA Khan was in the thick of a controversy when he dismissed a writ petition of the BSP concerning defection by 36 BSP legislators. Later, the case was referred to a three-judge bench.
Both Surendra Vikram and Jaivir were among the 30 BSP legislators who had deserted the Mayawati camp to help Yadav form the Government, and were later rewarded with Cabinet berths.
In the wake of the High Court judgment on the defection case of the 30 MLAs, Surendra Vikram and Jaivir had resigned from the Cabinet and had once again returned to the BSP when Mayawati promised to forgive them for their earlier ‘mistakes’.
The Uttar Pradesh State Legislature Prevention of (disqualification) Amendment Bill-2006 was passed in the Vidhan Sabha on March 9 to pre-empt any move to disqualify Yadav’s close lieutenants on the basis of their holding an office of profit. Interestingly, the Bill comes into effect from January 1, 2003.
Parliamentary Minister Azam Khan would be the first beneficiary of the provisions of the act as he was facing the threat of disqualification for holding office of profit as chairman of the Jal Nigam.