Ready for trust vote: Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath tells Governor

Kamal Nath Lalji Tandon

Bhopal, March 17: Madhya Pradesh Governor Lalji Tandon directed Kamal Nath to conduct floor test on Tuesday, Chief Minister said that he has the numbers and his government is ready for trust vote.

If someone says, that we (Congress) don’t have the numbers, they can bring no-confidence motion, why should I conduct a floor test? What problem do the 16 (rebel Congress) MLAs have? They should put forth their opinion,” he added.

The assembly session has been adjourned until March 26 over coronavirus. In an another letter to Chief Minister Kamal Nath, Governor Lalji Tandon 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 criticising him for asking the Speaker for a trust vote today as “meaningless, baseless” and against constitutional values.

The Supreme Court will today hear a petition filed by the BJP seeking a an immediate floor test.

Shivraj Singh Chouhan along with BJP’s top leadership is now asking Governor to use his Constitutional powers to remove the Kamal nath government. This comes after Congress-led government was pushed to the brink following the resignation of 22 MLAs, who are being perceived as supporters of former Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia, who has since joined BJP.

But Congress has accused the BJP of horse trading and holding the MLAs as hostages.

The Governor on Monday morning walked out of the assembly amid slogans of “respect the house” after reading out only the last page of his address on the opening day of the budget session and urging the Congress to “follow the Constitution”. “All must follow the rules under the Constitution so that dignity of Madhya Pradesh remains protected,” said the Governor.

The BJP is confident of having the majority to take power,

The drama was witnessed when BJP paraded its MLAs before the Governor. The petition will be taken up for hearing today by a top court bench comprising Justices DY Chandrachud and Hemant Gupta.

BJP holding Congress MLAs in captivity, allegeds Nath
MP CM Kamal Nath wrote to state Governor Lalji Tandon stating that holding of a floor test in the Assembly would have been “undemocratic and unconstitutional” in view of some MLAs of the Congress being held in “captivity” by the BJP with the help of the Karnataka Police.

“I would like you to recall that when I met you on March 13, 2020, I had brought to your notice that the BJP has kept many Congress MLAs as captive under the control of Karnataka Police and they were forced to give different types of statements,” he said.

The Madhya Pradesh assembly currently has 222 of 230 members and the majority mark is 112. The Congress has 108 MLAs in the House, and the support of seven allied legislators. If the resignations of all 22 MLAs are accepted, the Congress’s strength will come way below the new majority mark of 104, and the BJP, with 107 MLAs, can form government.

Kamal Nath wrote to the Governor calling his letter directing a trust vote unconstitutional. “It does not lie within the domain of the Governor to interfere with the functions of the Speaker,” said the Chief Minister’s six-page letter. “The Governor cannot require the Speaker to discharge his functions in the manner he considers constitutionally appropriate.”
Jyotiraditya Scindia, the four-time MP had been seething for months without any government or party post in Madhya Pradesh since the Congress’s state poll win in December 2018.
Only six of the 22 resignations have been accepted by the Speaker.

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