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Sceptre Slips

Whether Mulayam can stave off President's rule hinges on the court Updates

Sceptre Slips
Nirala Tripathi
Sceptre Slips
outlookindia.com
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It was a dramatic start to the Uttar Pradesh assembly's winter session on January 18. Minutes after it was convened, the House was adjourned for the day as the entire opposition disrupted Governor T.V. Rajeswar's address, demanding the exit of the Samajwadi Party-led government. The trigger was the Congress' decision the previous day to withdraw support-- an act goaded by Ajit Singh's Rashtriya Lok Dal.

The Congress' move reinforces the growing perception about a law and order breakdown, but the numbers still favour CM Mulayam Singh Yadav. That is, unless the Supreme Court pronounces the merger of the 33 Bahujan Samaj Party rebels with the SP as illegal, before January 25-- the day the state government faces its vote of confidence. If that happens, the government will fall, and President's rule will follow in the run-up to the assembly elections due in April this year. For, without the BSP rebels, the government's strength will be reduced to 177-- eight short of the minimum of 185 it will require to stay afloat even in a House of reduced...
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