Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath has resigned on Friday.
He announced his resignation in hurriedly called press conference ahead of the floor test to be conducted at 2pm.
Earlier, another senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh and close friend of Kamal Nath told media that Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister could not prove majority at present condition. Afterwards, the rumours began to spread about the imminent resignation of Kamal Nath.
On Thursday, the Supreme Court of India directed the Madhya Pradesh Speaker to conduct floor test by 5pm on Friday based on a plea filed by BJP to allow floor test immediately as Kamal Nath government lost its majority. Following which, on Thursday midnight, in a hurried move, Speaker Prajapathi had accepted the resignations of 16 rebel Congress MLAs who are currently lodged in Bengaluru.
The Supreme Court rejected the Kamal Nath lawyers argument that BJP held captive 22 MLAs of Congress in Bengaluru as the reason behind the postponement of the floor test. Instead, the top court in an ultimatum ordered to conduct floor test even in the absence of those 22 MLAs.
The next big question is that whether BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chauhan stake claims to form the government or not.
With this, the resignations of all 22 MLAs in former Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia's camp who resigned on March 10 now stand accepted - bringing down the total strength of the assembly to 206 where the ruling Congress with 92 members and seven allied MLAs is now at least five short of a simple majority of 104. The opposition BJP with 107 MLAs is three more than the simple majority.