Kamal Nath’s government plunged into a crisis with the resignation of Congress MLAs.
New Delhi: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath and the assembly secretary have been asked by the Supreme Court to explain their stance on the BJP plea for a floor test wihin 17 hours. The BJP had approached the top court yesterday after the assembly was adjourned yesterday for 16 days citing it as a precautionary measure against coronavirus. The Kamal Nath government, which is on the brink of collapse after the resignation by 48 MLAs loyal to Jyotiraditya Scindia, has been delaying the trust vote, the BJP has contended. The Chief Minister, meanwhile, has written to Governor Lalji Tandon – the fifth instance of communication between the two in the last hours.
Here are the top developments in this big story:
- Today, today’s hearing, the top court issued notices to the Chief Minister and the assembly secretary, saying it needed to know their views. The case will be heard again tomorrow by the bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud.
Kamal Nath has reiterated that his government has the numbers after the Governor asked him yesterday to prove majority by today.
Over the weekend, Governor Lalji Tandon had asked Speaker NP Prajapati to conduct the floor test on Monday – a suggestion the Congress contested, saying the Governor cannot give such orders to the assembly.
The BJP, confident of forming government after the exit of 26 MLAs, have been pushing for an immediate floor test.
The top court has also allowed 16 rebel MLAs want to be party to the case. The MLAs have been at a resort in Bengaluru since last week, from where they sent in their resignation as Jyotiraditya Scindia joined the BJP.
- In a letter to Kamal Nath, the Governor said: “If you don’t take a floor test by March 17, it will be assumed that you have lost your majority. ” The Governor also called the Chief. Minister’s letter to him criticizing him for asking the Speaker for a trust vote today as “meaningless, baseless” and against constitutional values.
- Yesterday, after the assembly was adjourned, the BJP’s three-term chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said, “Even corona won’t save Kamal Nath’s government. He has clearly lost his majority, so he avoided a trust vote today.”
With the Speaker’s acceptance of the resignations of six ministers among the rebel MLAs, the Congress numbers have come down to 222. The party has the support of seven allied legislators.