Adopt raising of hands during Trust Vote: MP Governor Lalji Tandon to Kamalnath

Kamal Nath
Former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Kamal Nath

Bhopal, March 16: Madhya Pradesh Governor Lalji Tandon on Sunday has written to Chief Minister Kamal Nath to adopt the method of raising the hands during a trust vote on Monday in wake of the coronavirus.

The Governor issued new directives on Sunday after a delegation of BJP leaders urged him to direct the speaker to conduct the floor test by raising of hands. They claimed that the electronic voting system is not in place in the Assembly.

In his letter on Sunday, Tandon issued new directives saying the voting during the trust vote should be taken up only through raising of hands and that no other method should be adopted.

Earlier, the Governor on Saturday through a letter had directed the CM for holding a trust vote by pressing the button (through the electronic voting system) and by no other way.

After Madhya Pradesh Speaker NP Prajapati said that he will reveal his decision of a floor test to be held in the Legislative Assembly on March 16 or not as directed by Governor Lalji Tandon to Chief Minister Kamal Nath.

“This will be known tomorrow,” Prajapti told reporters here when queried on whose order prevails in ordering a floor test.

“I said yesterday that a decision which I will have to take, I don’t take it pre-decided. This question is like taking a blind shot. I don’t want to be a party to it. I will read out my ruling tomorrow,” the Speaker said.

The budget session of the state assembly is scheduled to begin on Monday.

The governor directed the floor test in the wake of resignation of 22 MLAs of Congress on March 10.

The BJP has claimed that the Kamal Nath-led government was reduced to a minority after the resignations.

Speaker NP Prajapati had accepted resignations of six MLAs — all serving as ministers in the Nath cabinet.

Senior Congress leader, Digvijaya Singh said: “First of all, for the proceedings of Vidhan Sabha the given procedure and the guidelines should be followed. The Speaker of the assembly should take care of this”

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