Governor Ram Naik has reportedly sought detailed information from Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to run background checks on nine persons that the state government has recommended to the state Legislative Council under the nominated members category.
Nine MLC seats fell vacant on Monday, for which the state government had sent the list of names to the Governor on May 20.
The Congress has lauded the Governor’s move and said the ruling party was indulging in a “wrong practice” of sending its rank and file to the Upper House. Congress state president Nirmal Khatri said it was high time the state government followed the sanctity of the procedure, which is being followed in Rajya Sabha.
It has been a practice for years in the state that the ruling party sends their rank and file to the Upper House without looking into the merit of their case. We hope that the step taken by the Governor will ensure that right people are nominated to the Council, like it is done in the Rajya Sabha,” Khatri said.
As per the reports, the Governor in a letter to Akhilesh on Sunday asked for information on three points with regard to the names suggested for nomination to the Upper House. He has sought information about the criminal history, if any, of the candidates, or whether any case is pending against them, besides asking if any of them is bank defaulter, they said.
The Governor has also sought detailed information about the areas of art, literature, or social service in which the nine candidates have made important contribution as these seats are meant for apolitical people making significant contribution in these areas.
The names sent by the government had only brief details about each candidate.
Earlier a journalist, Sachidanand Gupta, had sent a letter to the Governor underlining the fact that the nominations by him for Vidhan Parishad are exclusively meant for prominent personalities from different walks of life including arts and literature, and not for political persons or persons having political affiliations.
The list of names for nomination to the 100-member Upper House included Jitendra Yadav, who is father-in-law of one of the daughters of RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s; Samajwadi Party leaders S R S Yadav, Rajpal Kashyap, Lilawati Khushwaha, Ranvijay Singh, Kamlesh Pathak, Ram Vriksha Yadav, and Abdul Sarfaraz Khan. Also a significant name in the list is that of 45-year-old Lucknow-based builder Sanjay Seth, who is known for his proximity to those occupying important positions in the echelons of power.
The outgoing members are Kamlakant Gautam, Gopal Narain Mishra, Naushad Ali, M L Tomar, Meghraj Singh, Ramchandra Singh Pradhan, Vinay Shakya, Banwari Singh Yadav, and Shivbodh Ram.