Yogi, two deputy CMs, two ministers have only two months to get elected to UP legislature

Yogi, the two deputy chief ministers and minister of state (independent charge) Swatantra Dev Singh and minister of state for waqf Mohsin Raza are not members of either house of the state legislature.

lucknow Updated: Jul 18, 2017 15:49 IST
Umesh Raghuvanshi
Umesh Raghuvanshi
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
Saffron brigade,BJP,Lok Sabha
The chief minister and his four ministerial colleagues have to become members of either of house of the state legislature by September 18, 2017.(HT File Photo)

With the voting for the presidential election having concluded, all eyes are now set on the BJP’s likely moves on sending Chief minister Yogi Adityanath, his deputy chief ministers Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma and two ministers to either of the two houses of the Uttar Pradesh legislature.

Yogi, the two deputy chief ministers and minister of state (independent charge) Swatantra Dev Singh and minister of state for waqf Mohsin Raza are not members of either house of the state legislature.

The chief minister and his four ministerial colleagues have to become members of either of house of the state legislature by September 18, which is six months from March 19, the day on which the Yogi Adityanath government was sworn in.

Besides these leaders, former defence minister Manohar Parrikar, who resigned from his post to take over as the chief minister of Goa in March this year, will also have to vacate his Rajya Sabha seat and become a member of the Goa state legislature. Parrikar is a Rajya Sabha member from Uttar Pradesh.

The BJP will need five vacant seats to allow their continuation on their respective posts. With barely two months left for the six-month deadline, the BJP leadership will have to take an expeditious decision on the issue. The Election Commission of India may have to race against time to hold a by-poll if the BJP leadership delays its decision and seats are not vacated for them soon.

“The EC will need about a month to decide dates, announce and complete a by-poll for the lower house. The EC has already cut down the time for campaigning from 21 to 14 days from the date of withdrawal. But the EC needs a decent gap of about a week between its announcement and the date of nomination and withdrawal. The time needed for the upper house will be less. But the process for poll will begin only after the vacancies are duly notified here,” said a senior officer closely associated with the polls.

Adityanath and Maurya continue to be Lok Sabha members. The BJP had indicated that Yogi and Maurya will quit their Lok Sabha seats after the presidential election. They may give up their parliamentary seats in the next few days or may wait until their election to either house of the state legislature.

It remains to be seen whether the chief minister, the deputy CMs and the two ministers will be asked to become members of the lower house or the upper house of the state legislature. Four BJP MLAs, including Fateh Bahadur Singh and Vinay Singh, have offered to vacate their seats for Yogi. Many MLAs have offered to vacate seats for Maurya as well. The BJP leaders have been in touch with party MLAs from Lucknow to get a seat vacate for Sharma as well though the party may consider to send him to the upper house. There have been reports about BJP leaders keeping in touch with opposition MLAs to get seats vacated for Yogi Adityanath and his ministerial colleagues.

A five-term MP from Gorakhpur, Yogi Adityanath is considered a popular leader of the saffron brigade. So, the BJP may like to send him to the lower house. His predecessors Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati had taken the upper house route. Maurya, who was elected from Phoolpur Lok Sabha seat in 2014 election, may also like to contest a by-poll to the state assembly. Yogi, Maurya and Sharma have maintained that the BJP leadership will take a decision on the issue.

First Published: Jul 18, 2017 15:49 IST