UP Speaker recognises rebel BSP MLAs
The Speaker hinted at taking action under anti-defection law against deserters from this group after three ministers resigned.india Updated: Mar 01, 2006 23:52 IST
In a new twist to the fast-paced political drama in Uttar Pradesh, Assembly Speaker Mata Prasad Pandeyon Wednesdayvirtually recognised rebel BSP MLAs supporting the Mulayam Singh Yadav government.
The Speaker hintedat taking action under anti-defection law against deserters from this group after three ministers resigned.
A day after the Allahabad High Court stuck down the decision of an earlier Speaker approving the split in BSP and the subsequent merger of 40 MLAs with ruling Samajwadi Party, Pandey said the rebel group would henceforth function as an independent outfit Jantantrik Bahujan Dal.
He hinted that provisions of the anti-defection law would apply against those members of the rebel group who choose to break ranks with the rebels.
His decision, announced at a hurriedly-called press conference in Lucknow this evening, came significantly after three members of Yadav ministry Jaiveer Singh, Surendra Vikram and Dharam Pal Singh quit along with another another MLA Ramji Shukla saying the High Court verdict has reverted them to BSP.
Citing Tuesday's judgement, Pandey said one of judges has said that the matter of recognition of the rebel MLAs rested with the Speaker.
"Accordingly, I have decided that the seating arrangement of the breakaway group of BSP MLAs would remain as before", he said.
The Speaker said the court had only derecognised the split. "The application for granting recognition to the outfit is still pending and has to be decided by the Speaker as directed by the court."