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The Supreme Court on Tuesday, issued notice to Governor Lalji Tandon, Speaker NP Prajapati, and Chief Minister Kamal Nath while hearing a petition filed by BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

The petition was filed over the delay in the floor test of the Madhya Pradesh standing government

The court will hear the plea tomorrow.

Rebel Congress MLAs also spoke to media saying that they’re unhappy with the functioning of the Kamal Nath administration.

Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, who represented the BJP, decried a “complete travesty of democracy” and accused the other side of deliberately failing to appear.

Earlier a petition was filed by Shivraj Singh Chouhan in the apex court to look into the delay of the floor test. Chouhan mentioned that the extra time will give Congress an opportunity to “horse-trade”.

“Any deferment of the floor test will further encourage horse-trading and would be in utter violation of the directions issued by the Governor and the law laid down by this Court and the spirit and Basic Structure of the Constitution,” the petition said.

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On Monday, the floor test which was scheduled to be held in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly got cancelled after the sessions have been adjourned till March 26.

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.


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