As the Presidential Polls draw closer, the ruling government and the opposition have both tightened their grip on the attempts to swing the majority their side. As the election of President in India is done by the electoral college, the Members of Parliament as well the State Assemblies are a part of the election. Given the same, all the parties are trying to establish their stronghold on the numbers. And in such a condition losing even one member in the parliament can change the equation. Given these barbaric number games, it is being assumed that the reason the newly appointed Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, has yet not resigned from his post of an MP. The legal experts such as Rajinder Sacchar (a former Cheif Justice of High Court of Delhi) have already denounced Yogi’s inaction as illegal and unconstitutional given that he is holding two posts (that of an MP and a CM) together at the moment.
In his defense, the party which Yogi represents – Bharatiya Janta Party or BJP – has already stated that Yogi shall soon fight the election as an MLA and not walk the path which both his predecessors, Akhilesh Yadav of Samajwadi Party and Mayawati of BSP, did (that of MLC, and not MLA). As per the law, it is needed for the Chief Minister to continue to become a part of the State Legislative Assembly in six months from his appointment as CM (if he/she was not already). In that case, Yogi has to resign from the parliament and fight for the seat in the upcoming months.
But given the Presidential elections that are nearing, BJP shall also not desire to ruin its solid majority in Parliament. Now, what happens ahead remains to be seen. Till then, Yogi holding the seat of MP, and appearing in the sessions is illegal or not, remains a debate.