SC order: SP, BSP claim otherwise
DESPITE THE Supreme Court order on breakaway BSP MLAs, both the SP and the BSP claimed that 33 MLAs of the breakaway group are the members of their respective parties.
The Supreme Court on Friday stayed the Allahabad High Court order and said the 33 breakaway BSP MLAs would continue as separate group in the Assembly.
With the Rajya Sabha and Vidhan Parishad election round the corner, the SP and the BSP immediately claimed that MLAs belonged to their respective parties.
BSP national general secretary SC Mishra said the SC order that the 33 MLAs are a separate group would be applicable under the Tenth Schedule of the legislative assembly. Under the SC ruling, the Speaker has to make separate seating arrangements for the MLAs in the House.
But outside the House, the MLAs would be governed by the People’s Representation Act. All the 33 MLAs were BSP members, he said. The Supreme Court has not recognised them as the SP members.
The BSP will issue a whip directing all the party MLAs to vote for the party candidate. The Rajya Sabha poll is held under open ballot. The MLAs will have to show to the agents the ballot paper after casting their votes. If any of the 33 MLAs disobeys the whip, his vote would be treated as invalid, Mishra said.
Mishra said the SC order had come as a relief to the BSP as it had also stayed hearing by the Speaker on the disqualification of the breakaway MLAs.
“We have already registered a complain that Speaker’s proceeding on the disqualification of the MLAs was wrong. The BSP would file another writ in the SC soon for the disqualification of the 33 MLAs, he said.
Fearing that the SC order might upset their applecart before the Rajya Sabha election the SP leaders claimed that all the 33 MLAs of the breakaway group were their members. The SP leaders said the SC had refused to recognise the 33 MLAs as BSP members. They have been recognised as separate group and continue to support the SP.
Meanwhile, the leader of the breakaway BSP MLAs in Vidhan Sabha Rajendra Singh Rana said his group would continue to support Mulayam Singh Yadav government. Rana said that in 2003, all the 38 MLAs had quit the BSP and merged their outfit with the SP. His group would vote for the SP candidate in the Rajya Sabha and Vidhan Parishad electionas, he said.