New Delhi: Amid the ongoing political crisis in Rajasthan, Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has issued a whip to its six MLAs elected to the state Assembly and has directed all of them to vote against the Congress government in case of any ‘no confidence motion or any other proceedings to be held during the upcoming session. The party said that the MLAs will face disqualification under Para 2 (l)(b) of the 10th Schedule of the Constitution of India, if any of them violates the order.
“Notices have been issued to the six MLAs separately as well as collectively, stating that since BSP is a national party, there cannot be any merger at the state level at the instance of the six MLAs, unless there is a merger of the BSP at the national level. If they violate it, they will be disqualified,” BSP National General Secretary Satish Chandra Mishra told news agency ANI.
Besides, the BSP has also decided to intervene in the pending petition of disqualification before the Rajasthan High Court or file a separate writ petition, said the press note issued by BSP.
Earlier, the party supremo Mayawati had demanded President’s rule in Rajasthan and had accused Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot of betraying the BSP. She has asked Governor Kalraj Mishra to take cognisance of the instability in the state government and recommend President’s Rule.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, she said, had openly violated the Anti-Defection law and cheated the BSP for a second time by getting its MLAs included in the Congress. “And it is also evident he did an illegal and unconstitutional thing by phone tapping,” Mayawati had tweeted.
After a rebellion by former Deputy CM Sachin Pilot and his loyalists, CM Gehlot is struggling to save his government in Rajasthan. Earlier on Sunday, Gehlot government had sent a revised proposal to the Governor to call a session of the Assembly on July 31.