Lucknow: The Mayawati government has nominated nine members to the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council but the ruling BSP will still not have an edge in the 100-member House.
Those nominated to the Council are K K Gautam, Vinay Shakya, Naushad Ali, Gopal Narain Mishra, Sudhir Goel, Ram Chandra Pradhan, Mangal Singh Saini, Meghraj Singh and M L Tomar.
Of them, Pradhan headed the Awas Bandhu housing body, while Mishra was chairman of State Warehousing Corporation. Shakya had lost the Lok Sabha election to SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav in Mainpuri, while Gautam was defeated in Machlishahar seat.
The seats fell vacant following the retirement of five BSP MLCs anf four BJP MLCs.
Despite nominating nine members BSP, with 22 MLCs now, will not have majority in the House where SP is still the largest party with 35 members. BJP is left with 17 members followed by RLD five, Congress three and SJP one. Teachers Group has nine, while five are independents. Three seats are vacant.
A notification regarding nomination of the new members was issued on Tuesday, official sources said on Wednesday.