Trust vote not to negate court verdict: SP
Singh said judgement was a split verdict as three judges, including the Chief Justice, gave different judgements.india Updated: Feb 28, 2006 18:05 IST
The Samajwadi Party on Tuesady said the government in Uttar Pradesh will decide whether to appeal against the Allahabad High Court judgement on BSP MLAs defection.
The party made it clear that the confidence vote in the Assembly was not aimed at negating the verdict.
"We moved the motion not to negate the verdict. We did not wait for the Governor to ask us to prove our majority," party General Secretary Amar Singh said in New Delhi.
"We took the decision on our own to prove ourselves," Amar Singh added.
Asked whether it was a political master-stroke to seek the vote of confidence, Singh said "is it immoral to seek a confidence vote in Assembly? Is there any constitutional obstacle in seeking the vote after the verdict?"
Singh said the government "will decide whether to approach higher courts."
The Allahabad High Court set aside previous Assembly Speaker Kesri Nath Tripathi's decision to grant recognition to deserting 40 BSP MLAs, who subsequently joined the ruling Samajwadi Party.
Singh said the judgement was a "split verdict" as three judges, including the Chief Justice, gave "three different" judgements on the issue.
On reports that Ajit Singh's RLD would withdraw support to the government, Singh said the RLD leader has publicly stated that he would not be leaving the coalition.
"This is an old tactics of the Congress. This is their religion and dharma," Singh said when asked about Ajit Singh's reported meeting with Sonia Gandhi last night.
First Published: Feb 28, 2006 18:00 IST