Kamal Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia
Kamal Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia
Madhya Pradesh

MP Governor orders floor test on Monday

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Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Governor Lalji Tandon has directed assembly Speaker Narmada Prasad Prajapati to conduct a floor test tomorrow.

Governor’s order after the BJP delegation led by former Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan submitting a letter requesting for a floor test in the State which is under crisis after 22 Congress MLAs resigned en masse pushing Kamal Nath's 15-month-old government into a crisis.

"The Madhya Pradesh Assembly's session will commence on 16 March, 2020 at 11 am, and after my address to the assembly, the first work to be conducted will be voting on trust vote," the Governor said in his order.

"The division on the trust vote will take place by pressing the button, no other mode of voting will be acceptable," he added.

He also said in the order that the floor test will have to be completed on March 16, and the exercise cannot be "deferred, delayed or suspended".

The Speaker on Saturday accepted the resignations of six rebel ministers. The decision brought down the majority mark in the House to 113, just two less than the number of MLAs supporting the Congress.

The Madhya Pradesh crisis began soon after Jyotiraditya Scindia resigned from the Congress, ending his 18-year-old association and joined the BJP. Around 22 MLAs, who are close associates of Scindia decided to resign. After the acceptance of the resignations of six ministers by the governor, the effective strength of the 230-member assembly has shrunk to 222 (two seats were already vacant due the death of two MLAs). The Congress has 108 MLAs in the House, and the support of seven allied legislators. If the resignations of the remaining rebel MLAs are accepted, the Congress's strength will come way below the majority mark, and the BJP, with 107 MLAs, will become the largest party.

The rebel MLAs are currently staying in Bengaluru. The Congress says the BJP has held them captive. Speaker did not take any decision on the resignation letters given by 22 rebel-Congress MLAs.