Guv move ? it happens in politics
WHETHER IT is a change of heart or thaw in relationship, the Congress-led UPA government and Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, after gunning for each other for quite some time, seem to have reached a working understanding. Governor TV Rajeswar’s okay to the two controversial issues is thus not without reasons.
Rajeswar on Monday gave approval to State Legislature (disqualification) Amendment Bill 2006 and appointment of retired High Court judge MA Khan as commissioner, Right to Information Commission, after a go-ahead from power that be at the Centre.
Highly placed sources said Delhi had now decided to “go slow” on Yadav. The Left Front has reportedly a played key role in softening the two sides and bring peace.
Sources said the change not only showed in the tone and tenor of Mulayam Singh and Amar Singh statements but in the functioning of the two governments. In the past there was hostility from both sides even in official work. “Yadav’s praise of Sonia Gandhi and Central government after the Varanasi serial blasts was not without reason,” said a senior officer.
Yet political circles here are agog with speculations over the secret behind the sudden change of heart of Rajeswar. People are unable to understand the Governor’s decision, speacially when he was reportedly not in favour of appointing former judge MA Khan on the coveted post and had earlier referred the issue back to the Government.
However, many do feel that the Congress played a key role in at least getting the amendment Bill cleared as many of its leaders’ membership could have also been in trouble for holding office of profit following the Samajwadi Party’s threat that it would file a petition in the Supreme Court to seek clarification over the definition of office of profit.
Leader of the opposition in the Vidhan Sabha and senior BJP leader Lalji Tandon was the only politician who agreed to go on record. Tandon alleged that the Governor gave his assent to the disqualification Bill and cleared appointment of Justice MA Khan under tremendous pressure from the Central Government and the Congress. He claimed that the Congress was interested in protecting Sonia Gandhi and others from being disqualified so it agreed for a truce with Amar Singh. This was the reason Amar Singh was now all so mum on the issue.
Tandon alleged that the Governor’s assent to the bill was direct fallout of a SP-Congress deal.
Expressing similar views, a highly placed source told the Hindustan Times that the Congress itself was contemplating to in introduce a Bill in the Lok Sabha on the same lines to protect its top leaders from being disqualified and the Samajwadi Party had agreed not to oppose it. Even UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Lok Sabha Speaker besides others have been accused of holding office of profit. The clearance to the Bill was an effort by the Congress to pave the way for a similar Bill at the Centre, he observed.
Samajwadi Party general secretary Amar Singh’s threats to take the issue to the apex court after disqualification of Jaya Bachchan had obviously worked, commented a politician.