Council route for U.P. CM, four others

first_imgUttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and four other BJP ministers will contest the by-poll elections to the Legislative Council to seal their membership in the government.Mr. Adityanath and four other ministers are required to get elected as MLA or MLC by September 19, as none is a member of any House. They took oath on March 19. The BJP central election committee on Wednesday announced five candidates for the upcoming MLC by-polls. Apart from the CM, the other four are deputy CMs Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma, Transport Minister Swatantra Dev Singh and Waqf and Haj Minister Mohsin Raza.They are expected to have a smooth sailing even if a contest is necessitated given the unassailable majority the BJP has in the Assembly. Along with its two allies, Apna Dal and Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party, the ruling BJP has 324 out of 403 seats. The figure was reduced by one after BJP MLA Mathura Prasad Pal died in July after a prolonged illness.The schedule for the by-polls released by the Election Commission has also provided relief to the BJP clearing the way for the entry of all five of its candidates. State Chief Election Officer Amrita Soni had on August 24 announced by-polls for four MLC seats that were vacated after the sudden resignation of SP leaders Yashwant Singh, Bukkal Nawab, Sarojini Agarwal and Ashok Bajpai. The tenure of Mr. Nawab and Mr. Singh would have ended in 2022, while that of Ms. Agarwal and Mr. Bajpai in 2021. All four joined the BJP a few days later.The EC had issued vacancies for only four spots even as the total number of MLC posts needed to be filled was six. However, the EC had refused to hold elections for the remaining two seats, vacated by BSP MLC Thakur Jaiveer Singh and SP MLC (who joined the BSP) Ambika Chaudhary saying they had less than a year remaining in their tenure.If this situation had continued, only four out of the five BJP Ministers would get elected as MLCs and the speculation doing the rounds was that Mohsin Raza, the lone Muslim Minister in the Yogi Council, would be sacrificed. However, the EC on Tuesday issued another schedule announcing that a by-poll would also be held for the seat vacated by Thakur Jaiveer Singh, taking the number of by-poll seats to five. Mr. Jaiveer Singh had also joined the BJP. The EC has not announced a by-poll for the seat vacated by Ambika Chaudhary even as his tenure as that of Mr. Jaiveer Singh both end next May.last_img

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