She lands & action follows
WILL SHE, won?t she! With resignation of three ministers and one MLA disassociating from the Samajwadi Party on Wednesday, speculation was rife in political circle that Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati would meet the Governor in the evening with two dozen rebel MLAs.india Updated: Mar 02, 2006 01:58 IST
WILL SHE, won’t she! With resignation of three ministers and one MLA disassociating from the Samajwadi Party on Wednesday, speculation was rife in political circle that Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati would meet the Governor in the evening with two dozen rebel MLAs.
Mayawati had landed in the city on Tuesday immediately after the High Court verdict on the rebel BSP MLAs. Suddenly the quiet 13 Mall Avenue (her official residence) was humming with activity. Demanding resignation of Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, she said, “I will stay in the city for a few days and leave only after the present political situation meets a conclusive end.”
She opened the door for the rebel BSP MLAs to return to the party fold. The message was clear and loud. The rebel BSP MLAs waiting on the fence for green signal started contacting each other. Emergency meetings were held at the residence of Jaivir Singh and Surendra Vikram Singh, ministers in the SP government.
Since early morning on Wednesday the rebel BSP MLAs started contacting senior BSP MLAs for appointment with Mayawati and they were obliged immediately.
After three ministers and an MLA met the Governor speculation was rife that more would follow suit.
Media persons were told that a meeting of the rebel BSP MLAs was continuing at the residence of Mayawati. All the MLAs who wish to return to the BSP have been directed to submit an affidavit. After getting the affidavit she will meet the Governor and demand dismissal of the SP government.
Extra police force was deputed at the gate of the Raj Bhawan. “Mayawati is leading the MLAs to the Governor House,” a police officials said. The arrival of Irrigation Minister and Rashtriya Lok Dal leader Munna Singh Chauhan at the Raj Bhawan gate surprised all. Chauhan clarified that he had not come to withdraw support or tender his resignation. “I and my party is very much with Mulayam Singh Yadav,” he said.
Suddenly a few cars fixed with red beacon and sounding hooters slowed down near the Raj Bhawan. “She has arrived with the MLAs,” a security personnel said alerting media personnel. But none of the vehicles turned towards the gate and sped away.
When the clock struck 8 pm, a Raj Bhawan staff said that the Governor had retired to his rest room and there was no further appointment.
The BSP chief would meet Governor on Thursday morning, another staff said.
First Published: Mar 02, 2006 01:58 IST