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Will RLD pull the plug on SP Govt?

POLITICAL ACTIVITIES have intensified in the State in anticipation of the Allahabad High Court judgement, which will be delivered on February 28, on defection and disqualification of 40 BSP legislators.

india Updated: Feb 27, 2006 01:21 IST

POLITICAL ACTIVITIES have intensified in the State in anticipation of the Allahabad High Court judgement, which will be delivered on February 28, on defection and disqualification of 40 BSP legislators.

Rashtriya Lok Dal chief Ajit Singh reportedly met Congress president and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi in Delhi last night, with a ‘give and take’ formula, which could prove the end of the road for the Mulayam Government.

The support of 15 RLD legislators is vital for survival of the Mulayam Government. It can survive with the RLD support, even if the court verdict goes against the Samajwadi Party and the government.

Thus, the Lok Dal now enjoys the role of kingmaker. Under the formula, sources said the Lok Dal would withdraw support to the Mulayam Government to ensure its fall. In return, the Lok Dal may get one or two berths in the UPA ministry.
A senior Lok Dal leader said here on Sunday that a decision would be taken by party chief Ajit Singh and the State unit of the Lok Dal would simply comply with his directives.

He, however, refused to either confirm or deny the reported meeting of Ajit Singh and Sonia Gandhi in Delhi.

The effective strength of the House is 402, in which the number of SP legislators is 194 followed by the BJP 83, the BSP 67, the Congress 16, Independents 16, five unattached members, who were expelled from the BJP, Loktantrik Congress-
two, Hindu Mahasabha one and the Akhil Bharatiya Congress one.
Even if the High Court disqualifies the 40 MLAs, the Mulayam Government will be safe with the help of the Lok Dal.

That is the reason that Ajit Singh wants his share of power in Delhi, in return for helping the Congress topple the Mulayam Government.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, on Sunday, summoned the chief secretary, law secretary JS Yadav, principal secretary, Home, Alok Sinha and director general of police Yashpal Singh to Delhi. The specific purpose of calling the three senior-most bureaucrats to the national capital was not known.
However, a source claimed that these officers had gone to hold discussions with Delhi Government officials.

The Supreme Court had directed the two Governments to hold talks and sort out differences on parallel investigations into the Amar Singh phone tapping case. The case is being investigated simultaneously by the STF and the Delhi Police.