Kamal Nath likely to quit before Trust Vote today

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Bhopal, March 20: It is likely that Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath will resign graciously ahead of a Supreme Court-ordered trust vote due to thin majority after the resignation of 22 MLAs.However, Chief Minister Kamal Nath has called a press conference before the session which is considered to be crucial , meanwhile the BJP has started preparations for government formation.

Shivraj Singh Chouhan, a three-time Chief Minister, is likely to return to power. Jyotiraditya Scindia, who left Congress may get deputy chief ministerial post.

Both the Congress and the BJP have issued the crucial whip for their MLAs for the Assembly session. On the direction of the Supreme Court, a floor test will be held in the state Assembly. The agenda was released by the Secretariat late on Thursday night to be at the assembly at 2pm.

A bench of the apex court, headed by Justice DY Chandrachud said the floor test would be held by show of hands in accordance with the law and it should be completed by 5 pm on Friday.

The court ruled that the state of uncertainty must be resolved efficiently and the Assembly proceedings should be video graphed properly and there has to be live telecast of the proceedings. The trust vote would be conducted by showing the hands. The bench ordered both Karnataka DGP and Madhya Pradesh DGP to provide security to the 16 MLAs if they wish yo attend the Assembly.

The top court was hearing the petition filed by former chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and other BJP leaders seeking floor test in Madhya Pradesh Assembly claiming that the Congress government in the state has lost the majority.

The political crisis originated after 22 Congress MLAs tendered their resignation following the exit of Jyotiraditya Scindia from the Congress. Scindia later joined the BJP.

The Congress’s 22 MLAs flew to Bengaluru by a special flight last week and resigned . The Speaker had accepted the resignation of six and asked the remaining 16 to come in person before him and confirm their resignation.

The Congress leaders have been accusing BJP of using money and muscle power to topple the Kamalnath government but the rebels, however, countered the Congress assertion by routinely posting videos in which they said they were in Bengaluru of their own volition and that they wanted no further talks with the Congress. They also asked for protection to return to Bhopal, as demanded by the Speaker, saying their lives were in danger from Congress leaders.

Speaker N.P. Prajapati has also accepted the resignation of 16 more Congress MLAs on Thursday night.

The Legislative Assembly has 230 MLAs, of which 24 seats are vacant. A majority in the House of 206 MLAs will require the support of 104 MLAs. The BJP has 107 MLAs, and the Congress 92. The Congress has the support of the Samajwadi Party, the Bahujan Samaj Party and Independent MLAs, which totals up to 99.

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