MUMBAI: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) opened a new front against Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot. BSP moved Rajasthan High Court seeking disqualification of 6 MLA’s who had merged with Congress last year. SC Mishra, general secretary of the party filed the petition refuting the merger and claims the MLAs incur disqualification for voluntarily giving up their membership.
This move comes a day after the party’s central leadership had on Sunday caused a new twist in the Rajasthan deadlock and issued a whip to the six MLAs to vote against the Gehlot government in any proceedings of the house, including in case of a no-confidence motion.
So far, CM Gehlot has been struggling to keep his government afloat after a rebellion by Sachin Pilot and MLAs loyal to him, and Mayawati’s new ploy could be just enough to tip the scales against the Congress in the state.
According to sources, Gehlot has been claiming the support of 103 MLAs in the 200-member assembly, but if the six MLAs are forced to vote against him, it could bring his government into a minority.All the six BSP MLAs had last year merged with the Congress, which could lead to a tangle of technicalities as there are no BSP MLAs in the Rajasthan assembly.
Although Congress is confident of their support, as party sources said that the whip does not make any sense and cannot be enforced. They said the party will use all legal options to back their position, and said they already have two precedents of such mergers.
The first was in Telangana, where 12 Congress party MLAs defected to the TRS and were recognized as members of the ruling party by the Assembly Speaker. Second was the merger of six Jharkhand VikasMorcha (Prajatantrik) MLAs with the BJP in October last year.