Madhya Pradesh (MP) Floor Test Highlights: Hours ahead of the Supreme Court-mandated floor test, Kamal Nath on Friday stepped down from the chief minister’s post as the government fell short of numbers in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly. “I have decided to step down from the post. However, I shall continue to work for the people here irrespective of my post,” he told reporters.
The Congress government was staring at a collapse after Speaker N P Prajapati accepted the resignation of all the 22 rebel MLAs — six ministers had resigned earlier — late on Thursday. “I have accepted the resignation of the 16 MLAs who have filed petition in the Supreme Court. Based on what they have stated there, I am accepting resignation of these 16 MLAs also,” Prajapati told reporters.
On Thursday, the bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and Hemant Gupta directed that the test be held by show of hands, and that the rebel Congress MLAs be provided security if they wished to participate in the proceedings. It also ordered that the proceedings be videographed.
The resignation of 22 MLAs, including six ministers, had plunged the Congress-ruled government into crisis last week. With the resignation of 16 more MLAs on Thursday night, the strength of Congress has come down to 92 from 108. The strength of the House has also been reduced to 206.