Madhya Pradesh Crisis Live: With the effective strength of the Assembly at 222, the majority mark is 112. Congress has 108 seats in the House, while BJP has 107.
Madhya Pradesh Government Crisis: The Supreme Court Tuesday issued notice to parties on a petition filed by the BJP seeking a floor test “within 12 hours” to prove its majority. A bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and Hemant Gupta said the matter would be taken up for hearing at 10.30 am Wednesday.
In other news, the 22 Congress MLAs, who had submitted their resignations to the Speaker and are currently camping at a resort in Bengaluru, said in a press conference Tuesday that they were not being held “hostage” by the BJP and would also “always stay with Jyotiraditya Scindia”. They said they were unhappy with Chief Minister Kamal Nath for ignoring them and focusing on development of only Chhindwara, his pocket borough.
The Governor, meanwhile, has instructed Nath to hold a floor test today “by respecting constitutional and democratic traditions”, and that “it will be assumed that you actually don’t have a majority in the House” otherwise.
With the effective strength of the Assembly at 222, the majority mark is 112. Congress has 108 seats in the House, while BJP has 107.
Madhya Pradesh crisis: Supreme Court issues notice on BJP plea; Governor asks Kamal Nath to hold floor test today; rebel Congress MLAs address press conference in Bengaluru.
Madhya Pradesh crisis: BJP parades its MLAs before Governor Lalji Tandon.
Madhya Pradesh Speaker N P Prajapati adjourned the Assembly on Monday, which was the first day of the Budget Session. His move was being keenly watched to see whether he would hold a floor test for the Kamal Nath government to prove its majority. Citing the coronavirus outbreak, however, the Speaker adjourned proceedings till March 26. The state Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and General Administration, Govind Singh, had moved a motion to adjourn the Assembly.
All MLAs were present in the House on Monday except 22, who had sent in their resignations to the Speaker after they quit the Congress along with Jyotiraditya Scindia. To prevent them from interacting with the Congress or revoking their resignations, he had then whisked them off to a hotel in Bengaluru.
The Speaker has so far accepted the resignations of only six MLAs (all ministers in the state government), and asked the rest to meet him and verify their signatures. The MLAs, however, have not sought an appointment yet to meet him.
After accepting the resignations of six MLAs, the effective strength of the 230-member Assembly is down to 222, bring the majority mark to 112. Congress has 108 seats in the House, while BJP has 107.
With the session resuming on March 26, the Congress has at least 10 days to get its flock in order.
On Monday, the state unit of the BJP moved the Supreme Court seeking a floor test in the House. In its plea, the party sought direction to the Chief Minister and the Principal Secretary of the Assembly to “hold the floor test in the Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly within 12 hours of the passing of the order by this court and as directions… issued by Governor.”
It also submitted a letter to the Governor and paraded 106 MLAs before him. Former CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan accused Nath of running away from the battlefield.