MANOHAR PARRIKAR, YOGI ADITYANATH TO RESIGN AS MPS ONLY AFTER PRESIDENTIAL POLL
Manohar Parrikar and Yogi Adityanath are likely to resign from their parliamentary seats only after casting their votes in the presidential election.
With every vote important in the election for which the Opposition parties are working to close their ranks behind a common candidate, the BJP wants both the leaders to cast their votes in the poll before putting in their papers.
Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, also a Lok Sabha member, will also resign following the election. The Goa and U.P. Chief Ministers besides Mr. Maurya have to be elected to the Legislature in their States within six months since they were sworn in, and they will remain parliamentarians till the election in July
They can contest elections to the State Legislature only after quitting as MPs.
Mr. Parrikar was sworn in on March 14 and Mr. Adityanath and Mr. Maurya on March 19.
The presidential election is due in July and the poll to the post of the vice-president is scheduled for August. The electoral college for picking the vice-president is clearly in the BJP-led NDA’s favour with the alliance having 418 members out of the total 787, the combined strength of both the Houses.