BJP demands central rule in UP after HC verdict
Ayodhya/Kanpur, Mar 01: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today (Mar 01, 2006) demanded the dismissal of the Mulayam Singh Yadav government, followed by imposition of President's rule in Uttar Pradesh, in view of the High Court 2-1 verdict in the rebel BSP MLA case.
Addressing a press conference at Ayodhya, BJP national vice-president and former UP chief minister Kalyan Singh said that the confidence vote of Mulayam Singh Yadav in the state assembly, minutes after the HC verdict was "unconstitutional.'' ''Instead of resigning, Mr Yadav went for the confidence vote, which was unconstitutional", Mr Singh said.
The former UP CM also demanded dismissal of the Mulayam Singh government followed by imposition of central rule in the state.
"The next assembly polls in UP should be held under President's rule as there was no question of free and fair polls with Mulayam Singh Yadav in the saddle", he added.
Meanwhile, UP BJP president Keshari Nath Tripathi also demanded that state governor T V Rajeswar dismiss the Mulayam Singh Yadav government, as it had lost majority in the house following the HC order.
Interacting with newspersons at Kanpur on way to Kannauj from Lucknow, the former UP assembly speaker said that the Allahabad High Court has set aside the defection of 40 BSP legislators. Apprehending the judgement, Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, had sought the confidence of the house, which was 'illegal' as the BSP MLAs could not vote in the house as per the verdict of the court, he added.
"The Government has lost its majority in the house and equally lost the confidence of the people in the state", he added.