New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh is set to witness an acrimonious assembly session ahead of next year’s elections, with the Mayawati government planning a resolution for a controversial four-way division of the state and the opposition ready to push for a no-trust vote.
The Samajwadi Party (SP), which has 88 legislators, and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has 48, have announced plans for bringing a no-confidence motion against the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) government during the session that begins on Monday.
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati. By PTI
The Congress, with 20 legislators, may also support the motion if it comes to a vote.
“The Congress may back the no-confidence motion,” said Akhilesh Pratap Singh, a party leader from the state. “But there will be confusion when the House meets on Monday. While the ruling party insists on moving the vote on account and the resolution on state reorganization, the opposition will ask the speaker to take up the no-trust motion. Mayawati can go to any extent if she feels her government will be voted out.”
The BSP won the 2007 election to the 403-member assembly with 207 seats and formed the government on its own. But it is now vulnerable to a no-trust vote as chief minister Mayawati has suspended more than a dozen party leaders, including some legislators, for a variety of reasons. The effective strength of the House is now 395.
In addition, party members denied tickets to contest in the next election may also vote against the BSP.
Sensing the troubles, Mayawati may move a resolution to break up the state to create Purvanchal, Bundelkhand, Avadh Pradesh and Paschim Pradesh during the session.
“The resolution can be passed by a voice vote,” said a person familiar with the development, asking not to be identified. “The chief minister is contemplating the dissolution of the House before giving a chance to the opposition to move the no-confidence motion.”
If the state cabinet seeks the dissolution of the assembly, Mayawati will be able to continue as a caretaker chief minister until the election. However, if her government is voted out, the state will come under President’s rule.
“It does not make much difference as the polls are only a few months away,” said A.K. Verma, a Kanpur-based political analyst. “Only the SP has got the sentiment of the people against division of Uttar Pradesh. A no-confidence motion to stop this might prove beneficial for the SP in the election.”
Mayawati’s cabinet on 15 November approved the four-way partition of the state. Constitutionally, the Union government is empowered to bring in legislation on state reorganization, but a resolution passed by the state assembly would put pressure on the Congress-led Centre to do so.
The SP is opposed to the move and has been trying to rope in disgruntled BSP leaders to vote against such a resolution.
“This government came to power with an unprecedented majority. It has expelled some members after some serious allegations. This, too, is unprecedented,” said a person aware of the developments. “If the opposition wants to hit the government below the belt, then it will take the battle to the voters.”