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Rawat Cabi­net De­ci­sions to Stay on Hold

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

BSP MLAs, Hari­das and SK An­sari, added to the sus­pense by not turn­ing up at the Congress-hosted lunch on March 22

Dehradun: BSP supremo Mayawati has emerged as a cru­cial fac­tor with the po­ten­tial to tilt the scales ei­ther way in the high stakes BJP-Congress po­lit­i­cal bat­tle for Ut­tarak­hand.

It’s rel­a­tively sim­ple: She has two MLAs,whoun­til­noww­ere­con­nected with the Pro­gres­sive Demo­cratic Front which with its three in­de­pen­dents and one mem­ber from the UKD were sup­port­ing the Har­ish Rawat govern­ment. To cush­ion him­self from rebels, Rawat had given cabi­net berths to th­ese three in­de­pen­dents.

In the changed sce­nario, the two BSP MLAs Hari­das and Sar­bat Karim An­sari have bro­ken away and even set tongues wa g g i n g by n o t turn­ing up at a Congress lunch on March 22. This front among the In­de­pen­dents has also turned into bit of a name­sake amid rea­chout from both par­ties.

The BSP MLAs, in­clud­ing Hari­das, whoisun­der­sus­pen­sion­foranti-party ac­tiv­i­ties, now say they have left it to Mayawati to take the call. “We will go by the de­ci­sion of Be­hanji,” Hari­das, told ET. An­sari was equally clear: “I am wait­ing for the di­rec­tion of my lead­er­ship.”

Now, how does this fit in with the num­bers? In a house of 71, there were 36 Congress MLAs of which nine have been dis­qual­i­fied but the HC is hear­ing their ap­peal. Their ab­sence brings Congress down to 27 but their dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion would also bring the there were 36 Congress MLAs of which nine have been dis­qual­i­fied but the HC is hear­ing their ap­peal dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion, Congress would be down to 27 MLAs but the half­way mark in the Assem­bly would also fall to 31

The party which holds two votes as a sin­gle block will emerge as the de­cid­ing fac­tor IF THE HC UP­HOLDS IF RAWAT GETS THE

sup­port of two BSP MLAs, he will be just one short of the half­way mark for which he can count on an in­de­pen­dent or two

if the two BSP MLAs swing their way, then the scales ev­i­dently tilt in favour of BJP

BJP HAS 28 MLAS,

the half­way mark would come down fur­ther

the In­de­pen­dents’ front, has also crum­bled amid rea­chout from both par­ties Assem­bly size down to 62, bring­ing the hall­way mark to 31. This would be down to 30 if the Speaker is ex­cluded. In such a sce­nario, if Rawat gets the sup­port of two BSP MLAs, he is just one short of the half­way mark for which he can count on an in­de­pen­dent or two. On the other side, BJP has 28 MLAs. If the two BSP MLAs swing their way, then the scales ev­i­dently tilt in favour of BJP. And if they ab­stain, the half­way mark fur­ther comes down, giv­ing both sides lesser num­bers to fill.

All pop­ulist de­ci­sions taken by Har­ish Rawat on April 21 are likely to be kept in abeyance fol­low­ing the re-im­po­si­tion of Pres­i­dent’s rule in Ut­tarak­hand. Rawat had chaired two cabi­net meet­ings af­ter be­ing re­stored as CM for 20 hours on April 21. “Min­utes of cabi­net de­ci­sion could not be pre­pared. With­out prepa­ra­tion of min­utes, im­ple­men­ta­tion stage is not pos­si­ble,” a source in Ut­tarak­hand govern­ment told the ET. Rawat had taken at least 11 de­ci­sions at the cabi­net meet­ings on April 21 and one de­ci­sion at the April 22 meet­ing.—

IF BSP MLAS AB­STAIN,

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