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Mulayam to prove his majority today

Monday 26 February 2007, by KHAN*Atiq

LUCKNOW: Even as Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh went ahead with his decision to prove his majority in the Vidhan Sabha on Monday, the Opposition parties, sans the Bahujan Samaj Party, have pulled all aces to showcase their protest against the Samajwadi Party Government.

The decision to prove majority was taken at the meeting of the SP Legislature Party and its allies on Sunday. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Singh.

"Accountable to people"

Transport Minister Naresh Agarwal told reporters after the meeting that there was no change in the party’s decision as it was accountable to the people.

Mr. Agarwal described the resignation of the BSP MLAs as "political drama."

While the main Opposition party, Bharatiya Janata Party, on Sunday decided to corner and expose the Government in the Vidhan Sabha,the Congress and the Jan Morcha Alliance will gherao the Vidhan Bhawan building to register their protest against what they termed as an "unconstitutional" and " illegal" Government.

The gherao will be led by former Prime Minister, V.P. Singh.

The House session will be held in the background of the recent Supreme Court judgment disqualifying 13 BSP defector MLAs, and the announcement of the Assembly elections schedule by the Election Commission of India.

Attacking the BSP leader for asking its MLAs to resign, the Leader of the Opposition, Lalji Tandon, said the party had given the Government an opportunity to wriggle out whereas normally the Government should have been held accountable for the many sins of omission and commission committed in the three years of Mulayam Singh’s rule.

Mr. Tandon rejected the possibility of his MLAs resigning and said the BJP would live up to its role of a constructive Opposition.

The BJP Legislature Party will meet on Monday before the commencement of the Assembly session to give the final touches to the strategy to be adopted in the House.

See online : The Hindu

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