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UP Governor seeks President's rule?
Sharat Pradhan in Lucknow | February 17, 2007 14:08 IST
Last Updated: February 17, 2007 16:09 IST
Uttar Pradesh Raj Bhawan may be tight-lipped on the issue, but highly-placed sources in Lucknow confirmed on Saturday that state Governor T V Rajeshwar has formally recommended imposition of President's rule in the state.
Though there is no official word about the report, sources said the Governor has apprehended that pressure could be exerted 'on the legislators to cross floor' if a trial of strength takes place in the Vidhan Sabha on February 26 next.
Rajeswar is believed to have spoken to Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil on telephone on Friday night to apprise him of the developments in the state. The assembly is currently in session and its next sitting is on February 26.
Significantly, the Raj Bhavan is yet to accord its nod to the resignations of six of the ten disqualified legislators, who enjoyed the status of ministers and whose resignations were handed over to him by Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav on Thursday last.
Yadav has said that he will prove his majority on the floor of the house on February 26.
In a house of 403, with two vacancies, Mulayam government had the support of 210 legislators comprising 152 of Samajwadi Party, 33 of Loktantrik Bahujan Dal, two of Loktantrik Congress Party, six unattached members, one CPI(M) member and 16 Independents.
However, eight members of the BJP, two of the RLD and three of the BSP had voted in support of the government on January 25 last during the voting on the motion of thanks to the Governor's address taking the tally of the Yadav government to 223.
Now after the disqualification of 13 breakaway BSP members and with seven members sans voting rights as per the court order, the effective strength of the house had been reduced to 388 and the government would now require support of 192 members for a simple majority.
The government is now left with 152 members of SP, 20 of the Loktantrik Bahujan Dal, two of Loktantrik Congress Party, six unattached members, one of CPI(M) and 16 Independents taking its tally to 197, which is well above the half way mark.The government, however, could come into a minority if the 20 legislators of the LBD were also disqualified, going by the contention of the BSP. In that case the strength of the ruling combine would be reduced to 177 while that of the house to 362, while a simple majority would require 182.