The six BJP MLA’s are said to have met the Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, before handling over the merger letter to the speaker.
After the merger is completed, the Congress tally will reach 106 in the 200 member-house.
The current merger is seen as a real victory for the Congress ahead of the municipal polls at the end of this year.
In the major segment of Political development in Rajasthan, all the six BSP MLAs have decided to merge with the ruling Congress and gave a letter of intent to the speaker C P Joshi, late Monday night.
All the six MLA’s met the chief minister Ashok Gehlot before handing over the merger letter to Joshi.
On being asked byTOI upon whether the merger letter was accepted by Joshi, he had replied, “I have received the merger letter and the procedure will follow once the office opens tomorrow(Tuesday) morning.”Surprisingly this is a repeat of 2009 when all the six MLA’s of the state joined the Gehlot-led Congress government that was formed after the hung assembly results of 2008.
Just like how it is reported that then too, the BSP MLAs initially gave outside support to Gehlot’s government but in the later stage had merged with the Congress and got ministerial positions.
Interestingly after the merger, the Congress tally will reach 106 in the 200 member house, which is currently reported to have two vacant seats. The Congress has only one Ally MLA from the Rashtriya Lok Dal and hence claim supports of 12 out of 13 independent MLA s.
The current merger is considered to be a real victory for the Congress ahead of the Municipal polls, this year-end and the panchayat polls early next year. The political pundits’ were speculating that BJP might do a Karnataka in Rajasthan by poaching BSP and independent candidates.
The BSP MLA Joginder Singh had commented and stated to TOI that, “All the MLA’s of our party were sitting together for a long time. For a common interest of bringing development to our respective constituencies, we decided to merge with the Congress. This will benefit the state.” Awana is known to be a MLA from Nadbaiconstituency.
Sandeep Yadav, an MLA of BSP from Tijara commented that“The chief minister Ashok Gehlot has already been helping us and has never treated us as MLA’s of another party opposing him and his policies in the assembly. We initially had a meeting with GehlotSab in the evening. Later we handed over our consent letter for our merger to the speaker of the assembly, Dr. C P Joshi.”
Other BSP MLAs include Wajib Ali (Nagar), DeepchandKheria(Kisangarh Bas) ,Lakhan Meena (Karauli), and Rajendra Gudha(Udaipurwati) .