The 2012 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections may be some distance away, but the Mayawati government has engaged two prominent political parties — Communist Party of India ( Marxist ) and Rashtriya Lok Dal — in a different (political) ballgame. Both the parties are faced with the prospect of being evicted from their official premises as “they don't have the requisite number of MLAs and MLCs in the Vidhan Sabha and Vidhan Parishad respectively” to justify their occupation of the property.
This follows the eviction notices issued by the Rajya Sampatti Vibhag (Government Estate Department) to the CPI(M) and the RLD on January 7 with the stern directives of immediate compliance with orders.
The CPI(M) office on the Vidhan Sabha Marg is situated opposite the sprawling State Assembly and Secretariat building and houses the offices of its frontal organisations — Student Federation of India (SFI) and All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA).
The RLD office on Triloki Nath Marg is at a stone's throw away from the Vidhan Sabha building and is adjacent to a hostel constructed during Chief Minister Mayawati's last regime.
Eviction notice has also been issued to the U.P. Haj Committee office on the Vidhan Sabha Marg and has been asked to shift to the premises of the Haj House near Amausi airport on Kanpur road. The office of the Bhimrao Ambedkar Mahasabha is also situated on the Vidhan Sabha Marg but it has not been issued any eviction notice so far.
Interestingly, no eviction notice has been issued to the Bharatiya Janata Party, whose State headquarters on 7, Vidhan Sabha Marg too is situated opposite the Assembly and Secretariat building.
Justifying the government's decision to hand eviction notices, sources in the Estate Department maintained that the area opposite the Assembly building has to be cleared as an extension of the State Secretariat building has been planned.
Besides, these buildings fell within the high-security zone and the entire area had to be fortified, the sources said.
The CPI(M) has decided to oppose the eviction notice. A party delegation will meet the government estate officer on Monday to voice its opposition to the move. “We will explore the options of taking a legal recourse or using our democratic rights”, said K.N. Bhatt, U.P. State Secretariat member of CPI(M). Mr. Bhatt dismissed the eviction plea of not having “requisite numbers of legislators” taken by the Estate Department.
“When the official premises were allotted to the party in July 1990, then too the CPI(M) did not have a single MLA or MLC in the State Legislature, the space was allocated to the CPI(M) on the ground that it was a national party”, he added.
The office space was allotted to the RLD in the name of the Bharatiya Kisan Kamgaar Party (BKKP) in 1996. In the same year, BKKP was renamed Rashtriya Lok Dal.
A RLD leader said that his was a registered political party, which had 10 MLAs and one MLC, besides five Lok Sabha MPs from the State.
While the CPI(M) is among the six national parties, which also includes the ruling Bahujan Samaj Party, the RLD is a regional party with a firm base in western Uttar Pradesh.