In Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s wrestle to retain his slender majority after a revolt by his sacked deputy Sachin Pilot, a brand new case is in court docket. Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Occasion (BSP), which misplaced all six Rajasthan MLAs to the Congress final yr, has approached the Excessive Court docket.
The BJP had challenged the merger of the BSP MLAs into the Congress earlier than the Excessive Court docket final month. The BSP right this moment requested to b e allowed to be celebration to the identical petition. The transfer implies that Mayawati is keen to affix forces with the BJP within the authorized struggle towards the Congress.
The BJP had additionally objected to the merger earlier than Rajasthan Speaker CP Joshi in March. With the Speaker rejecting the objection, the Excessive Court docket has requested the BJP to file a contemporary petition difficult that call.
The BSP yesterday issued a whip to the MLAs ordering them to vote towards the Congress in a belief vote.
The six MLAs are essential for Chief Minister Gehlot in his struggle to remain in energy in Rajasthan. He has 102 MLAs, only one above the bulk mark. Shedding six would plunge him right into a minority and provides the opposition BJP an actual likelihood to grab energy. The BJP has 72 MLAs and Sachin Pilot’s insurgent squad has 19. Together with smaller events and independents, the opposition has 97 members.
The BSP argues that the MLAs can’t merge their celebration into the Congress in Rajathan because the BSP has a nationwide presence and no merger could be legitimate except it takes place on a nationwide stage.
In June, the BSP had gone to the Election Fee with the request that the six MLAs be ordered to observe its whip fairly than vote as Congress members within the Rajya Sabha election. However the highly effective election physique refused to intervene.
BSP chief Mayawati has posted a sequence of livid tweets accusing the Congress of shopping for her MLAs and betraying her when she had supplied unconditional assist in 2018, when the Congress barely made half-way mark.
The MLAs have to this point been staunchly with the Congress and Mr Gehlot. Certainly one of them has been sued by Sachin Pilot after he accused the insurgent chief of providing him bribe to modify the BJP.
One other MLA, Lakhan Meena, famous sarcastically that his former celebration was remembering him after a yr.
“The BSP is remembering us after a yr. It’s enjoying into the BJP’s plot. There was nothing unlawful about our merger. At the least two-third MLAs are required for a merger however right here, all six joined the Congress,” Mr Meena mentioned.
“Now the BSP, together with BJP, is making an attempt to destabilise the democratically-elected Congress authorities,” Mr Meena mentioned.