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Maya?s bouncer: Rebel MLAs caught, SP bowled

MAYAWATI HAS prepared the strategy to pull the rug from under the feet of Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav during her visit to the city on February 19. Over 12 rebel BSP MLAs then met her expressed their desire to return to the party. Also, they requested her to forgive them and assured her of not repeating the same mistake. Feelers were sent to other MLAs who were waiting for a green signal. Soon, the number of the rebel BSP MLAs willing to return to the party swelled up to 28.

india Updated: Mar 02, 2006 01:58 IST

MAYAWATI HAS prepared the strategy to pull the rug from under the feet of Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav during her visit to the city on February 19.

Over 12 rebel BSP MLAs then met her expressed their desire to return to the party. Also, they requested her to forgive them and assured her of not repeating the same mistake. Feelers were sent to other MLAs who were waiting for a green signal. Soon, the number of the rebel BSP MLAs willing to return to the party swelled up to 28.

Since the assembly election is round the corner, the rebel MLAs are no mood to mutiny. Though they had joined the SP to enjoy power, still the BSP was a safe bet for them to secure victory in the election. They were very much willing to return to the party. The SP has not committed party tickets to the MLAs and the fear that they might be left in the lurch at the last moment hanged like Damocles’ sword over their head. Mayawati cashed in on the anxiety factor and assured them of membership and the party tickets. MLAs were directed to wait for the HC verdict.

Mayawati attended the meeting of party MPs, MLAs and coordinators. They were directed to start preparation for the assembly election. After staying for four days, she returned to Delhi and waited for the HC order. After the court order on Tuesday, she rushed back to Lucknow. “I hired a chartered plane to reach here,” she told media persons. After arriving in the city, she held closed- door meeting with the party leaders and legal experts. She said all the 40 rebel BSP MLAs were members of the BSP and continue to be the party members, she said. Four rebels deserted the SP and returned to their parent organisation.

More waited for their turn to return. But they were told to wait till the SP charts out a strategy.