Mulayam Govt not going, as of now
IN AN anti-climax, Samajwadi Party today paraded 29 out of the 40 BSP rebels before the media at the chief minister?s residence even as the rival camp, led by Mayawati, could add only one more MLA to its yesterday?s tally of four, thereby putting a lid on all speculations about the Mulayam-led coalition government going.Updated: Mar 03, 2006 01:36 IST
IN AN anti-climax, Samajwadi Party today paraded 29 out of the 40 BSP rebels before the media at the chief minister’s residence even as the rival camp, led by Mayawati, could add only one more MLA to its yesterday’s tally of four, thereby putting a lid on all speculations about the Mulayam-led coalition government going.
Since the high court verdict, in all five BSP rebels, including three ministers, have met the Governor withdrawing themselves from the ruling alliance.
SP has sought disqualification of all the five legislators who have switched loyalty to BSP. They have also claimed support of another three legislators, namely Qutubuddin, Kazim Ali Khan and Virendra Singh Bundela, who were not present at today’s parade.
It is believed that the Speaker’s late night ruling, coupled with night-long operations by SP’s toughies, helped the ruling coalition in keeping the remaining MLAs of the breakaway group together.
A frustrated Mayawati instead of leading another group of BSP rebels to Raj Bhawan, as was being claimed by the BSP managers, went alone to meet the Governor demanding action against the Speaker and the dismissal of the government. It is another matter that the contention of both the Samajwadi Party leaders -- party general secretary Shivpal Singh and deputy leader in the UP Assembly Ambika Chaudhury -- was in complete violation of both the high court order and the Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey’s ruling.
While Justice Pradeep Kant had ruled that the BSP rebels would continue as members of the new party, the Speaker, quoting the HC verdict, had declared them as members of Loktantrik Bahujan Dal.
However, in contravention of both the High Court judgement as well as Speaker’s ruling, both the Samajwadi Party leaders not only claimed that the breakaway group still belonged to the Samajwadi Party but also moved petition before the Speaker demanding disqualification of five rebels who had returned ‘home’.
In reply to a question in what capacity they had demanded disqualification of the five LBD members, Chaudhury said “as a deputy leader of the Samajwadi Party”.
This clearly indicates that they are still considering them as their own members.
According to the rules of the House only leader of LBD could have moved the petition before the Speaker.
However, the group has not as yet elected its leader. Already out of 40, one, Amarmani Tripathi, is in jail in connection with the poetess Madhumita Shukala murder.
Chaudhury said after the Bahujan Samaj Party split in 2003 the members had individually approached then Speaker Keshari Nath Tripathi for merger with SP.
The High Court had quashed the September 8, 2003 order of the Speaker in which all the 40 were together merged with the SP. It may be recalled that Rajendra Singh Rana had then led the rebels for merger with the Samajwadi Party.
Seeking disqualification of the five MLAs -- Jaivir Singh, Surendra Vikram Singh, Dharam Pal, Ramji Shukla and Ram Krishna -- Chaudhury said they met the governor in violation of law and deserved disqualification. Shiv Pal Singh, however, said doors for the five MLAs were still open.
Sources said that shaken by Wednesday’s appearance of four MLAs at the Raj Bhawan, the SP had deployed its “tough men” to trace the remaining members and tighten grip over them.
It was after an overnight operation that majority of them could be brought back to the party fold. However, Singh denied any threat to the members. He claimed majority and said the Samajwadi Party government had support of 243 members, including the Congress, which had so far not withdrawn support and minus Congress it had 228 members in a House of 402.
First Published: Mar 03, 2006 01:36 IST