BSP legislators resign from UP House
MayawatiLucknow: In a pressure tactics that may actually help the Mulayam Singh Yadav government in the trust vote on February 26, all the 63 BSP MLAs along with some BJP and SP members resigned from the Assembly, attacking Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey.
The dramatic action was announced by party chief Mayawati who described the Samajwadi Party-led coalition governement as unconstitutional in the wake of Supreme Court judgment disqualifying 13 breakaway BSP MLAs.
All my party MLAs and 11 other members, including two independents, 5 of BJP and four of SP have handed over their resignations to me. I am forwarding it to the Speaker for acceptance, BSP supremo Mayawati told reporters here.
Coming down heavily on the Speaker, she said he was working as a Samajwadi Party activist and was attending its functions actively.
After the Supreme Court order disqualifying 13 breakaway BSP MLAs, the Speaker has not even published the revised list of members. There is still confusion, she said. Charging UPA government at the Centre with not taking action against the unconstitutional state government, Mayawati said that under the pressure of CPM, which had no stake in the UP, the Congress has not dismissed the Yadav ministry.
In the resignation submitted to Mayawati, the MLAs said that as the notification for the Assembly elections was issued on February 21, the term of the current Assembly expired on Saturday. These MLAs do not want to participate in proceedings of the Assembly, where Pandey is the Speaker, she said.
When asked about the number of MLAs who had handed over resignations to her, Mayawati did not divulge the exact number.
As of today on official records, the BSP has 67 MLAs out of whom four face disqualification petitions. Mayawati said the 11 other MLAs, who handed over their resignations to her, joined the BSP today.
These MLAs included two independents -- Amar Singh Yadav and Mahesh Chandra, five from BJP -- Kunwar Fateh Bahadur Singh, Ram Prasad Chowdhury, Badshah Singh and Jagdish Mishra and four from SP -- Omvati, Kalyan Singh Dohre, Sunderlal and Ratanlal Ahirwar, she said.