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Madhya Pradesh floor test: SC issues notice on BJP plea, matter adjourned to tomorrow

Madhya Pradesh Government Crisis: A bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and Hemant Gupta said the matter would be taken up for hearing at 10.30 am Wednesday.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 17, 2020 1:41:50 pm
Madhya Pradesh floor test: 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.

Live Blog

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.

12:21 (IST)17 Mar 2020
Watch: What Jyotiraditya Scindia's resignation means for the Congress

The Madhya Pradesh has been brought to the brink of collapse after senior Congress leader Jyotiraditya resigned and joined the BJP. Along with him, 22 MLAs submitted their resignations to the Speaker. What does Scindia's resignation mean for the Congress? We explain.

12:15 (IST)17 Mar 2020
It’s letter vs letter amid Madhya Pradesh political impasse

Chief Minister Kamal Nath and Governor Lalji Tandon are engaged in a verbal duel amid the political impasse in Congress-ruled Madhya Pradesh. Trying to save his 15-month government amid endless meetings, the septuagenarian CM has visited the Raj Bhavan thrice to meet the octogenarian, who has hosted a slew of BJP delegations. Most recently, the two met last night to disucss the situation in the state. Here's how it all began on March 10

11:43 (IST)17 Mar 2020
SC issues notice on BJP plea for floor test, adjourns hearing to Wednesday

The Supreme Court has issued notice to all parties regarding the BJP's plea for a floor test "within 12 hours" in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly to test the strength of the Kamal Nath government. A two-judge bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and Hemant Gupta said the matter would be taken up for hearing at 10.30 am on Wednesday.

11:23 (IST)17 Mar 2020
Delhi Confidential: No break, please

Although there have been demands from MPs and pleas from Parliament staff to cut short the Budget session in view of the coronavirus outbreak, the BJP is not keen on an early adjournment. This is because the party fears it could strengthen the Congress government’s argument in Madhya Pradesh that the state Assembly should not meet in view of the Covid-19 outbreak. The BJP is keen to hold the floor test, which they claim will topple the Kamal Nath government. Read here

10:57 (IST)17 Mar 2020
Speaker vs Governor: In the past, Supreme Court ruled in favour of floor test

The spotlight is back on the legal debate on the powers of the Governor and the Speaker under the Constitution. Since 2014, the legal-political tussle between the Governor and Speaker has prompted the Supreme Court’s intervention in three major instances — in the Arunachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand cases in 2016, and in the Karnataka case in 2019. In all three cases, the court emphasised the primacy of the floor test. Read more here.

10:07 (IST)17 Mar 2020
'Will always stay with Scindia': Congress rebel MLA Imarti Devi

"Jyotiraditya Scindia is our leader. He taught us a lot. I'll always stay with him even if I had to jump in a well," Congress leader Imarti Devi said  during the press conference

10:06 (IST)17 Mar 2020
Rebel MLAs unhappy with Kamal Nath government

In the presser, they did not make any comment on joining BJP. but maintained that Jyotiraditya Scindia was sidelined by BJP. 'We were unhappy with the way the government was functioning. We have gained freedom now,' one of the MLAs said. "Kamal Nath Ji never heard us even for 15 minutes. Then whom should we talk to for development work in our constituency?" Govind Singh Rajput said. 

10:02 (IST)17 Mar 2020
Madhya Pradesh crisis: Rebel MLAs reject Congress' charge of being held hostage by BJP

Rebel MLAs in Bengaluru addressed a press conference today rejecting the Congress' charge that they are being held hostage by the BJP. "We are ready for any consequences," they said this morning. 

09:52 (IST)17 Mar 2020
Editorial: A questionable delay

Speaker N P Prajapati, despite MLAs of both sides showing up for the floor test on Monday, adjourned the House until March 26 without conducting it, citing concern over the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, the validity of the government will remain in question for 10 days, a very long time in politics. And the allegiance of the speaker to constitutional democracy, rather than to his party, will remain in question. The floor test being deferred is a violation of SC principle and a reminder: Office of speaker continues to be controversial.

09:35 (IST)17 Mar 2020
Madhya Pradesh crisis: What happened in the Assembly on Monday?

Madhya Pradesh Speaker N P Prajapati adjourned the Assembly within an hour of the commencement of proceedings on Monday citing coronavirus fears. The first day of the Budget Session was being keenly watched to see whether he would hold a floor test for the Kamal Nath government to prove its majority. Here are highlights from the session, and all other developments that happened on Monday.

09:13 (IST)17 Mar 2020
SC to hear BJP plea for floor test in Madhya Pradesh Assembly after 10.30 am

Welcome to our live blog on the fast-moving political development in Madhya Pradesh. The Supreme Court is scheduled to take up for hearing this morning a petition filed by the BJP seeking a floor test in the Legislative Assembly "within 12 hours". Meanwhile, the Governor has asked the Kamal Nath government to hold a floor test in the House today. Follow our blog as we bring you the latest news.

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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.

Also read | Here’s our explainer on the practice of ‘resort politics’

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.

Read more on the Madhya Pradesh crisis:

It’s letter vs letter amid Madhya Pradesh political impasse

Speaker vs Governor: In the past, SC ruled in favour of floor test

Editorial: MP floor test being deferred is a violation of SC principle and a reminder: Office of speaker continues to be controversial

Explained: What happened during Madhya Pradesh Assembly session?

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