Mayawati takes the battle to Raj Bhawan
THE BAHUJAN Samaj Party (BSP) today urged Governor TV Rajeswar to dismiss the Mulayam Government immediately by invoking the Article 356 of the Constitution as the Government is not only in minority but is being run in an unconstitutional manner. This resulted in a Constitutional crisis prevailed in the state, she added.india Updated: Mar 03, 2006 01:22 IST
Sack UP Govt, demands BSP
THE BAHUJAN Samaj Party (BSP) today urged Governor TV Rajeswar to dismiss the Mulayam Government immediately by invoking the Article 356 of the Constitution as the Government is not only in minority but is being run in an unconstitutional manner. This resulted in a Constitutional crisis prevailed in the state, she added.
A Bahujan Samaj Party delegation led by Mayawati called on the Governor at the Raj Bhavan here and submitted a six-page memorandum highlighting 12 specific points to justify the dismissal demand.
The delegation drew the Governor’s attention on the fact that some of the 40 Bahujan Samaj Party MLAs, who had defected and were appointed as ministers or chairmen by the Mulayam-led Government, already submitted their resignation following the High Court judgment delivered on February 28.
Challenging the ruling of the Vidhan Sabha Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey recognising the 40 legislators as a ‘Separate Group’ with their existing sitting arrangements to continue in the House till disposal of the case, the memorandum said the 40 legis-
lators had become of the Bahujan Samaj Party after the High Court verdict but the Speaker turned down the Bahujan Samaj Party Legislature Party leader Swami Prasad Maurya’s written for afresh sitting arrangement for the MLAs.
Dubbing the Speaker’s ruling as unconstitutional, in gross violation of the Constitution and in contempt of the High Court judgment, the memorandum said, “Such a biased Speaker has no moral or legal right to continue in the office even for a single minute and requires to be dismissed forthwith,”
The memorandum also alleged that the Bahujan Samaj Party legislators and their family members were being threatened and in these circumstances an immediate action and intervention was required.
The memorandum urged the Governor to dismiss all the ministers and those hold-
ing offices of chairman/vice-chairman with the status of a state minister and, who are amongst the 40 MLAs, following the HC verdict.
Others, who accompanied Mayawati includes, Indrajit Singh Saroj, Swami Prasad Maurya, Satish Chandra Mishra, Babu Singh Kushwaha, Naseemuddin and Sudhir Goyal.
After more than 40-minute meeting with the Governor, Mayawati, who addressed the media persons, said she had urged the Governor to ensure the implementation of the HC verdict in letter and spirit.
Before calling on the Government, she addressed a press conference and said if the Governor failed to take any action in the next four/five days, the Bahujan Samaj Party would adopt the same tough stand against the Speaker as it did against the former Speaker Keshari Nath Tripathi and move the court.
The party had already started preparation to move the court, she added.
“I am capable of fighting my own battle. Yet, I urge all political parties to rise above party lines to overthrow the unconstitutional Mulayam-led government through constitutional means,” she said.
The developments indicated that the Mulayam-led government was trying to create the same situationthat existed from June 1 to 3, 1995 when the then Governor had dismissed the Mulayam-led government.
She also said that the Speaker’s office had been misused in June, 1995.