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‘Pot calling kettle black’: Mayawati raps Gehlot for merging MLAs in Congress

The BSP had earlier asked the six MLAs to vote against the Congress government during a trust vote or any other proceedings in the Legislative Assembly.

By: Express News Service | Lucknow | Updated: July 29, 2020 12:58:23 am
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Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s allegation about his MLAs being poached by the BJP is akin to the pot calling the kettle black because he “unconstitutionally” merged six BSP MLAs in the Congress last year, said BSP chief Mayawati on Tuesday.

“The Congress is saying that their MLAs are being stolen, which is unlawful, and is against the public mandate. But their claim is laughable since they themselves did the same when they took away our BSP MLAs… The Congress is crying foul now when its stolen assets are being stolen. It is akin to the proverb ulta chor kotwal ko daante (the pot calling the kettle black),” Mayawati said in a statement.

“Even before the Rajya Sabha elections, the BSP raised this (merger) issue in written with the Chief Election Commissioner and the returning officer of the Vidhan Sabha Chairperson. But the Election Commissioner rejected (the application), saying the issue is beyond his jurisdiction. The BSP then had no option but to go the court. Our party could have gone to the court earlier, but we were waiting for the right time to teach a lesson to them (Congress)… If we do not get justice from the High Court, we will go to the Supreme Court,” the former UP chief minister said.

The BSP had earlier asked the six MLAs to vote against the Congress government during a trust vote or any other proceedings in the Legislative Assembly.

“It is known that after the Assembly elections in Rajasthan, the BSP provided the unconditional support of all its six MLAs to the Congress so that the communal forces were kept away from power. Sadly, after being elected chief minister, Ashok Gehlot did the unconstitutional and illegal work of adding the six BSP MLAs into the Congress. This was not the first time he did that… As this was completely against the Constitution, the BSP issued a whip to its six MLAs on July 26, directing them to vote against the Congress in the assembly otherwise their membership (from BSP) will be cancelled,” she said.

She rejected the speculation that her decision was influenced by the BJP and said her party did not care who formed the government in Rajasthan.

The BSP chief said Gehlot would be responsible if his government stayed in power or not.

The Congress and BSP had fought the 2018 state and 2019 Lok Sabha elections together. In September last year, all the six BSP MLAs joined the Congress.

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