In Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s battle 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 Party (BSP), which misplaced all six Rajasthan MLAs to the Congress final 12 months, has approached the High Court.
The BJP had challenged the merger of the BSP MLAs into the Congress earlier than the High Court final month. The BSP at this time requested to b e allowed to be celebration to the identical petition. The transfer implies that Mayawati is prepared to affix forces with the BJP within the authorized battle 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 High Court has requested the BJP to file a recent 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 battle to remain in energy in Rajasthan. He has 102 MLAs, only one above the bulk mark. Losing six would plunge him right into a minority and provides the opposition BJP an actual probability to grab energy. The BJP has 72 MLAs and Sachin Pilot’s insurgent squad has 19. Along 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 until it takes place on a nationwide degree.
In June, the BSP had gone to the Election Commission with the request that the six MLAs be ordered to observe its whip slightly than vote as Congress members within the Rajya Sabha election. But the highly effective election physique refused to intervene.
BSP chief Mayawati has posted a collection of livid tweets accusing the Congress of shopping for her MLAs and betraying her when she had provided unconditional help in 2018, when the Congress barely made half-way mark.
The MLAs have up to now been staunchly with the Congress and Mr Gehlot. One of them has been sued by Sachin Pilot after he accused the insurgent chief of providing him bribe to change the BJP.
Another MLA, Lakhan Meena, famous sarcastically that his former celebration was remembering him after a 12 months.
“The BSP is remembering us after a year. It is playing into the BJP’s plot. There was nothing illegal about our merger. At least two-third MLAs are required for a merger but here, all six joined the Congress,” Mr Meena mentioned.
“Now the BSP, along with BJP, is trying to destabilise the democratically-elected Congress government,” Mr Meena mentioned.