New Delhi: Ahead of the floor test at 2 PM on Friday, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath might step down from his post. If reports are to be believed, the CM could announce his decision in a press conference scheduled at 12 PM. “Chief Minister is holding a press conference, wait for it”, said veteran Congress leader Digvijaya Singh when asked if CM Kamal Nath is resigning. Prior to that, Congress legislative party meeting will be held at Kamal Nath’s residence. Also Read - ‘Migrant Workers, Students Cannot be Left in Destitute’: Kamal Nath Writes to PM Modi For Help
Late last night, Narmada Prasad Prajapati, speaker of the he Madhya Pradesh Vidhan Sabha accepted the resignations of the 16 legislators holed up in Bengaluru. The speaker’s action comes hours after the Supreme Court directed to hold a floor test in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly by 5 pm on Friday.
Speaking to news agency PTI, Assembly’s principal secretary AP Singh informed that a special session of the house as per the directives of the Supreme Court will be held from 2 PM and will conclude by 5 PM.
Meanwhile, the BJP held frequent meeting till midnight. Besides, the party also demanded security throughout the route of the buses the resort off Bhopal to the Vidhan Sabha. Speaking to reporters, former Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that it was for the government to ensure the Supreme Court’s orders were enforced in letter and spirit.
On the other hand, the Congress Spokesperson blamed the BJP for the money power bringing down a government.
In the 230-member Madhya Pradesh Assembly, the actual strength of the house at present is 228 as two seats are lying vacant.
With the resignation of 16 more MLAs, the strength of Congress has come down to 92 from 108.
On the other hand, the BJP has 107 members in the House. However, the BJP had paraded 106 legislators before the governor on Monday as one of its MLAs, Narayan Tripathi, was absent and seen with the Congress legislators after the assembly proceedings.
The BSP has two members in the House while the SP has one besides four independents. In the renewed situation, the majority mark is 104.
Scindia’s resignation behind the political crisis in MP
The political crisis has engulfed Madhya Pradesh after Jyotiraditya Scindia, a close aide of Rahul Gandhi and a prominent face of the Congress, resigned from the party and joined hands with the ruling BJP. Scindia’s decision to leave Congress was followed by the resignation from 22 party MLAs loyal to him.