Jaipur, September 17
In a setback to the BSP, all its six legislators in Rajasthan joined the ruling Congress on Monday night, providing much needed respite to the Ashok Gehlot government that was fearing poaching of the MLAs by Opposition BJP.
Rajendra Gudha, Joginder Awana, Lakhan Singh, Deechand Kheria, Sandeep Yadav and Wajib Ali met Chief Minister Gehlot at 9.30 pm before visiting Speaker CP Joshi’s house, where they handed him a letter to this effect.
“I have received a letter by the six BSP MLAs joining the Congress. This letter is sufficient and there will be no legal hurdle in it,” Joshi said.
In 2009, a similar number of BSP MLAs had joined the Congress. The Congress tally in a House of 200 (two seats vacant) is now 106; BJP has 72 MLAs, Independents 13, BTP, CPM and RLP two each and RLD has one member.
The development is expected to boost Congress’ chances in coming civic body and panchayati raj polls.
Denying it was “horse-trading”, Chief Minister Gehlot said the MLAs joined the Congress to ensure development in their constituencies.
Breach of trust
Cong has proved it’s unreliable. This is breach of trust even when BSP had offered unconditional support. Instead of fighting arch-rivals, Cong always harms parties that help it. — Mayawati, BSP chief
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