Ahead of floor test in Madhya Pradesh, 80 Congress MLAs reached Bhopal on Sunday morning. Madhya Pradesh Governor Lalji Tandon had directed the assembly speaker Narmada Prasad Prajapati to conduct a floor test on 16th March.
Senior Congress leader Harish Rawat accompanied the MLAs. Rawat said that the Congress party is confident of passing the floor test and that they are in touch with the 22 rebel MLAs present in Bengaluru too. He further added that the BJP should be nervous and not us.
The MLAs arrived in Bhopal amid heavy security, and section 144 was also imposed in the area near the airport.
Reportedly, many Congress MLAs have said that the Governor doesn’t hold the power to order a floor test and that only the assembly speaker can do so. Although, the MLAs also mentioned that the Kamal Nath government will definitely take part in the floor test and even pass it.
After senior Congress leader, Jyotiraditya Scindia resigned from the Congress party and joined the BJP, over 22 MLAs tendered their resignations too. After tensions started brewing up in Madhya Pradesh, the Congress party accommodated over 80 of its MLAs in a hotel in Jaipur.
Rajasthan Chief Minister, Ashok Gehlot visited the hotel along with party General Secretary Mukul Wasnik, KC Venugopal and several other Congress leaders to hold discussions with the MLAs.
As of now, in the actual strength of 228 in the MP assembly, the Congress party is left with 92 MLAs after 22 rebel MLAs tendered their resignation. On the other hand, BJP has 107 MLAs and BSP, SP, and Independent MLAs are 2, 1, and 4 in number respectively.
Ahead of the floor test, the Bhopal district administration ordered the prohibition of the gathering of five or more people at public places under Section 144 of CrPC in several parts of the state capital. The restrictions will be in place from March 16 to April 13.
Congress legislative party meeting will be held later today at CM House in Bhopal.