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Monday, 16 March 2020

Madhya Pradesh Government LIVE Updates: Floor test finds no mention in Assembly's list of business; ready for trust vote, says Kamal Nath

10:08 (IST)

How the numbers are stacked up in MP Assembly

After the resignations of six MLAs were accepted, the strength of the 228-member House has come down to 222. The BJP has 107 members and the Congress 108. The Samajwadi Party has asked its lone member to vote for the Congress. There are four Independents and two BSP MLAs.

Both BJP and Congress have issued whips to its MLAs to attend the Assembly session today.

09:51 (IST)

Shivraj Singh Chouhan hold meeting with BJP MLAs

Hours after BJP MLAs returned to Bhopal, former CM and senior BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan chairs a meeting with them at a city hotel. 

BJP legislators returned to Bhopal in the early hours of Monday in a chartered plane after spending five days at a resort in Haryana. The party had taken its MLAs to the Manesar resort on 10 March in a bid to keep it's flock together amid the political crisis in Madhya Pradesh.
Congress MLAs, who were lodged in two resorts in Jaipur, returned to Bhopal on Sunday and are put up in Hotel Courtyard Marriott in MP Nagar locality, about one kilometer from the assembly. 

09:36 (IST)

Rebel Congress MLAs being terrorised: PC Sharma

Madhya Pradesh Minister PC Sharma said that the rebel Congress MLAs, who were lodged at a resort in Bengaluru are being "hypnotized and terrorised" and are not being allowed to return to the state. He added that the families of these MLAs are being harrassed.

09:28 (IST)

Floor test to be conducted by raising hands

In the absence of an electronic voting system in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly, a floor test will be held by the method of raising hands.

The 228-member Assembly saw the Congress government being in a minority after 22 MLAs loyal to now BJP leader Jyotiraditya Scindia tendered their resignations last week.

09:23 (IST)

Floor test not mentioned in Assembly's list of business

Even after Governor Lalji Tandon ordered that a floor test be held in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly on Monday, the item was missing from the day's list of business.

Madhya Pradesh Leader of Opposition Gopal Bhargava, who returned to Bhopal after staying with other BJP MLAs at a hotel in Gurugram said, "We will raise this issue. The Speaker will have to follow the Governor's orders."

09:19 (IST)

Shivraj Singh Chouhan asks why Congress is 'running away' from floor test

BJP leader and former Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan asked why the Kamal Nath-led Congress government is avoiding a floor test. "We will ask govt to bring a confidence motion tomorrow. Our only demand is a floor test. The chief minister has said he wants a floor test, then why is he not doing it?" he asked.

e further said that Governor Lalji Tandon had ordered that a floor test be held on Monday, but the CM is putting the onus on the Speaker, who "works on what is decided by the government".

09:14 (IST)

Ready for floor test, Kamal Nath tells Governor

After a meeting with the Madhya Pradesh Governor Lalji Tandon on Sunday night, Chief Minister Kamal Nath said that he is ready for a floor test in the state Assembly. He added that whether the floor test will be conducted will be decided by Speaker NP Prajapati.

"I have told Governor that the MLAs who have been held captive should be released," he also told reporters.

Madhya Pradesh Government LATEST Updates: The political drama in Madhya Pradesh is all set to shift to the Assembly after the governor directed Chief Minister Kamal Nath to seek a trust vote on Monday and Speaker NP Prajapati said he will first give a ruling on whether to hold the floor test.

As the rebellion led by Jyotiraditya Scindia threatened the survival of its government, the Congress appeared keen on putting off the trust vote and asserted that it is the Speaker's prerogative to decide about the proceedings of the House, but a buoyed BJP maintained that he was bound by the governor's direction. After the Speaker accepted the resignation of six Congress MLAs on Saturday, the party now has 108 legislators. These include 16 rebel legislators who have also put in their papers but their resignations are yet to be accepted.

The BJP has 107 seats in the House which now has an effective strength of 222, with the majority mark being 112. To add to the ruling Congress' woes, it is yet uncertain whether it will continue getting the support of four Independents, two BSP MLAs and one MLA from the SP.

The week-long political drama saw both the Congress and the BJP herding their MLAs to resorts outside the state due to fears of poaching. While the Congress MLAs returned on Sunday from Jaipur, the BJP too was bringing back its legislators from Haryana to attend the first day of the session on Monday. Both the parties have issued whips to their MLAs.

On Saturday night, Governor Lalji Tandon wrote to Kamal Nath asking him to seek a trust vote in the Assembly soon after the governor address on Monday, saying his government was in minority.

Referring to resignations of 22 Congress MLAs, the Governor said: "Based on the above facts, prima facie, I believe that your government has lost the confidence of the House and it is in minority. "This is a very serious issue and therefore as per the constitutional provisions and for protecting the democratic values, it is necessary that on 16 March, soon after my address, you seek the trust vote in the Assembly. Under Article 174 and 175(2) of the Constitution, I am empowered to direct that MP Assembly session will begin on March 16 at 11 am with my address. Soon after that the only work to be done is voting on trust vote," the letter.

The governor also directed that the trust vote be held by division of votes and the process be recorded on video by the Vidhan Sabha through independent persons. He said it "must be completed under any circumstances on March 16, 2020 and it should not be adjourned, delayed or suspended".

But the Assembly Speaker on Sunday remained non committal over the trust vote. “This will be known tomorrow... I will read out my ruling tomorrow," he told reporters when asked if the trust vote will be held on Monday. There were indications on Sunday that the beleaguered Congress government might seek to buy time from the Speaker to win back some of its 16 rebels MLAs. The governor has directed the chief minister to seek confidence vote after his address. But, the Assembly Speaker decides the proceedings of the House,” MP Law and Legal Affairs Minister PC Sharma argued.

“What all will be done in the House, the Speaker decides,” the Minister contended and expressed confidence his party will prove majority on the floor comfortably.

The party has alleged that the BJP was holding the rebels MLAs captive at a hotel in Bengaluru, a charge denied by the saffron party outright. Another Congress MLA said that the floor test "might not take place on Monday" and the issue could even go to court.

As suspense remained on whether a trust vote will be held or not on Monday, sources said both the parties were mulling legal recourse in case the proceedings do not go their way. "The Congress has lost the majority. The Governor is saying that it is a minority. I am not saying this. This has been mentioned in the letter sent to Chief Minister by the Governor,” the BJP chief whip in the assembly, Narottam Mishra, said.

BJP vice-president Vinay Sahasrabuddhe said Chief Minister Kamal Nath should step down as the Congress government has become "lame-duck" after the resignation of the 22 MLAs. BJP legislative party sources said that it will vociferously press for the trust vote after the Governor's address. The opposition party claims that the political crisis in the state is due to internal fighting in the Congress and it has nothing to do with it.

The 19 rebel Congress MLAs are likely to return by Monday morning, a source close to Jyotiraditya Scindia, who has joined the BJP, said.

Amid the political slugfest, state public relations minister PC Sharma on Sunday demanded that all the MLAs be screened for coronavirus. "The MLAs who have returned from Jaipur and also those who have gone to Haryana and Benguluru should undergo coronavirus tests. It is important as the virus has spread in Jaipur and Haryana," he said. Meanwhile, a team of doctors reached hotel Courtyard by Marriot in MP Nagar here, where Congress MLAs are put up after coming from Jaipur, for coronavirus screening. State Minister of Health and Finance Tarun Bhanot had earlier said the legislators would be screened for the virus.

March 16, 2020 at 09:43AM

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