Chief Minister Mayawati called for a emergency cabinet meeting late on Sunday night in which it was decided to recommend to the UP Governor to dissolve the UP assembly.
The recommendation usually comes after the results of the elections and where the incumbent Chief Minister resigns and the Governor of the state invites the side with the most votes to form the government.
CNN-IBN reported that Mayawati met with her zonal coordinators in Lucknow on Sunday night. The decision to dissolve the assembly was done by the circulation rule, a practice adopted when most cabinet ministers are absent.
The decision comes a day ahead of the counting and results in the UP elections and after multiple exit polls predicted a sharp drop in results for the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).
CNN- IBN reported that the resolution was to be sent to UP Governor BL Joshi on Tuesday following which he could either recommend President’s rule or could ask Mayawati to continue till the new assembly is formed.
However, if President’s rule in imposed in the state and none of the parties is able to form an alliance to claim a majority then the Governor need not invite anyone to form the government. In this scenario, President’s rule would continue until one of the alliances can claim to have a majority of the seats in the Assembly.
Congress Party leaders like Sriprakash Jaiswal and Digvijay Singh had earlier said that if no clear mandate emerges from the polls, President’s rule was an option.
Congress leader Beni Prasad Verma, a former member of the Samajwadi Party (SP), had said on Sunday that the party would prefer an alliance with the BSP instead of the SP.
“”I personally prefer BSP to SP. Mayawati has controlled lawlessness from Kanpur to Etah. This is my personal opinion ,” Prasad told a television channel.
However, the party has been non-committal about this scenario with UP Congress chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi saying Verma’s views were personal and the party was still to take a decision.