The Madhya Pradesh governor, Lalji Tandon, has replied to the letter written by Kamal Nath, asking the Chief Minister to “conduct the floor test on 17th March otherwise it will be considered that you (Kamal Nath Government) actually don’t have the majority in the state assembly.’
Kamal Nath had earlier written a letter to the Governor asking him to extend the date of the floor tests which was scheduled for today.
The letter also said that the “language and tone of the letter was not appropriate.”
“The reasons that were given by you (Kamal Nath) for not conducting a floor test is baseless and meaningless,” the letter further said.
After the adjournment of the session, BJP MLAs held a meeting with the Governor today. BJP leader Shiv Raj Chohan has filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court saying that extra time will give Congress an opportunity to horse-trade. BJP leaders have been staging protests against the delay in the floor test. The Supreme Court will be hearing the matter on Tuesday as well.
In Madhya Pradesh, standing Congress’s government is facing a floor test after 22 pro-Scindia MLAs tendered their resignations.
The State Assembly which had a strength of 228 MLAs comprising 114 MLAs from Congress, 107 from BJP, 2 from BSP, 1 from SP and independent 4 has now dropped to a strength of 206.
With Congress having now 92 seats, the majority mark stands at 104. BJP with 107 seats crosses the majority mark, however, Congress still holds the stand that they have a majority.