Rajasthan: BSP moves HC, challenges merger of party MLAs with Cong
The BSP’s move to approach the High Court could exacerbate the troubles of the Ashok Gehlot government which is facing a threat from the Sachin Pilot camp. The BSP has challenged the merger of six of its party legislators with the Congress.
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) could exacerbate the Ashok Gehlot government's troubles in Rajasthan. Last year, six Rajasthan BSP legislators had joined the Congress.
On Wednesday, the BSP filed a writ petition in the Rajasthan High Court challenging the merger of six of its party MLAs.
Sandeep Yadav, Wajib Ali, Deepchand Kheria, Lakhan Meena, Jogendra Awana and Rajendra Gudha had won the 2018 assembly elections on BSP tickets.They defected to the Congress in September 2019.
The move comes barely two days after the BSP had issued a whip to its legislators asking them not to support the Gehlot government in case of a trust vote.
BSP state president Bhagwan Singh Baba said, "We have today filed a writ petition in the high court against the merger of BSP MLAs with the Congress."
He said that a petition will also be filed in the office of the assembly speaker to challenge the merger.
“We will also file a petition with the speaker and demand that the merger be cancelled,” he said.
Notably, on Tuesday, BJP MLA Madan Dilawar had filed a writ petition in the HC challenging the order of the Assembly Speaker on his complaint. The petition will be heard in the court on Wednesday.
Dilawar had filed the complaint before the Speaker, in March, against the merger. The speaker had rejected the complaint on July 24.
The merger of the BSP MLAs with the ruling Congress was a boost to the Ashok Gehlot-led government as the tally of the Congress increased to 107 in the house of 200.