Numbers game continues in UP
The Samajwadi Party on Thursday paraded 29 of the 40 BSP rebels before the media at the official residence of Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav. That gives Mulayam an advantage over BSP chief Mayawati in the tug-of-war over the BSP MLAs. So far, Mayawati has got five of the rebels on her side.Updated: Mar 03, 2006 15:16 IST
The Samajwadi Party on Thursday paraded 29 of the 40 BSP rebels before the media at the official residence of Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav. That gives Mulayam an advantage over BSP chief Mayawati in the tug-of-war over the BSP MLAs. So far, Mayawati has got five of the rebels on her side.
The numbers game is getting quirkier. On Thursday, the BSP urged Governor T.V. Rajeswar to dismiss the Mulayam government by invoking Article 356 of the
Constitution. Mayawati alleged the government was not only in a minority but was being run in an "unconstitutional manner" and that the state is going through a "constitutional crisis".
The SP has retaliated by seeking the disqualification of all the five legislators who have returned to the BSP fold. They have also claimed the support of three more legislators, Qutubuddin, Kazim Ali Khan and Virendra Singh Bundela, but they weren't present at Thursday's show of strength.
Late on Wednesday night, the Speaker quoted the HC verdict to declare them as members of the Loktantrik Bahujan Dal. Pandey said these 40 MLAs would function as members of the LBD.
But the SP leaders not only claimed that the breakaway group still belonged to the Samajwadi Party but also moved petition before the Speaker demanding the disqualification of the five rebels who returned to the BSP.
When asked in what capacity they had demanded the disqualification of the five Loktantrik Bahujan Dal members, SP's Ambika Choudhary replied: "as deputy leader of the Samajwadi Party" in the House. According to assembly rules, only the leader of the Loktantrik Bahujan Dal could have moved the petition before the Speaker. However, the group has not as yet elected its leader.
In another boost for Mulayam, Rajendra Singh Rana, one of the 40 BSP rebels who are with Mulayam, moved the Supreme Court on Thursday against the high court order asking the Speaker to decide afresh on the merits of the BSP's disqualification petiti