India Intelligence Report

Maulayam Escapes No Confidence 


Uttar Pradesh (UP) Chief Minister Maulayam Yadav's Government survived a no confidence motion after Allahabad High Court termed a 40-member Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) defection to the Samajwadi Party (SP) illegal. The court disqualified the defected members but as the no-confidence motion was being called, members crowded the well angering the opposition who walked out on the proceedings. The Congress, who is a state and national ally of the SP, joined the opposition in the walkout. All the parties opposing the SP want it to resign, a demand it has already rejected. Of late, the SP is embroiled in a several serious Constitutional breach issues including taped conversations of Yadav and his deputy Amar Singh plotting to remove an inconvenient High Court judge and demanding bribes from industrialists. A senior Cabinet Minister offered a bounty for killing "the Danish cartoonist" for depicting Prophet Mohammed in a distasteful manner.

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