In the middle of Madhya Pradesh’s political crisis, the scheduled floor test currently remains hanging as the speaker today, adjourned the sessions till March 26.
After the session, BJP paraded its MLAs before the Governor at his official residence seeking clarity over the adjournment.
After meeting the Governor, BJP leader Shiv Raj Chouhan said that “the Chief Minister is running away from the trust vote as he (Kamal Nath) knows that the government lacks a majority. He added, “BJP has the majority and we’ve appealed to the Governor to order a floor test at the earliest. He has assured us to protect our constitutional rights.”
Soon after the Speaker adjourned the house, Shiv Raj Chouhan also filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court, seeking directions to the Speaker to conduct the floor test within the next 24 hours. The petition says that the postponement will give Congress an opportunity to “horse-trade”.
The Supreme Court will hear BJP’s petition on Tuesday.
Kamal Nath speaking on the adjournment today said, that conducting a floor test in “these situations will be unconstitutional”. He also challenged BJP to bring a no-confidence motion against his government.
No definite date has been ordered until now for the floor test which was scheduled to happen today.
The Madhya Pradesh Governor Lalji Tandon left the assembly after his minute-long address. The governor added that “All must follow the rules under the Constitution so that dignity of Madhya Pradesh remains protected.”‘
Before the beginning of the proceedings, Chief Minister Kamal Nath wrote to Governor Lalji Tandon saying, “Hope due procedure and Constitution will be followed”. The Chief Minister also requested the postponement of the floor test today.
Earlier, Madhya Pradesh Minister PC Sharma said that the rebel Congress MLAs are being “hypnotized and terrorized”. The MLAs, straying in a resort in Bengaluru, are not being allowed to return to the state. He further said that the families of these MLAs are being harassed.
On Saturday, Governor Lalji Tandon had asked to conduct the floor test in the Assembly on March 16.
Speaker NP Prajapati accepted resignations of six legislators out of 22 rebel Congress MLAs on Saturday. The BJP then claimed that the Kamal Nath government has lost the majority and demanded that a floor test be held before the commencement of the Budget session on Monday.
Consequently, the strength of the house is down to 206, with 24 vacant seats. The majority mark which was 115 initially, now stands at 104. The Congress now has 92 seats, BJP has 107, SP, BSP, and independent seat counts as one, two and four respectively.