The BJP won a floor test in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly Tuesday, a day after Shivraj Singh Chouhan took oath as Chief Minister in a small ceremony at Raj Bhavan. None of the Congress MLAs were present in the House for the vote. Following the floor test, the House was adjourned till March 27.
Chouhan was elected BJP Legislature Party leader and sworn in as Chief Minister by Governor Tandon for a record fourth term at 9 pm on Monday night. He has already served as CM of the state for three terms — between 2005 and 2018. So far, he is the only minister in the government.
Chouhan said the trust motion was necessitated as Governor Tandon had asked him to prove his majority in the House within 15 days. He said his first priority was to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the state.
After taking oath on Monday too, Chouhan had drawn attention to the pandemic. “We gave good governance for 15 years. We will give better governance and try to make amends for mistakes that we may have committed in the past,” he had said.
When the session resumes, the state budget for the financial year 2020-21 will be tabled and passed.
Meanwhile, Speaker N P Prajapati resigned from his post last night after Governor Lalji Tandon advised him to step down. In his resignation letter submitted to Deputy Speaker Hina Kavre, Prajapati said he was resigning on moral grounds.
The floor test this morning was conducted by senior BJP MLA Jagdish Devda.
The developments in the state came after former CM Kamal Nath resigned ahead of the Supreme Court mandated trust vote on March 20. In the run up to his resignation, the Congress leader had dared the BJP to move a no confidence motion against his government.
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