Madhya Pradesh Government LIVE Updates: MLAs of both the ruling Congress and the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday arrived at the state Assembly on the first day of the Budget session, even as suspense continued on the floor test of the Kamal Nath government in the state, scheduled for today. Also Read - Madhya Pradesh Crisis: Kamal Nath Govt to Face Floor Test Today? Speaker Keeps Suspense Alive; BJP, Congress Exude Confidence
Madhya Pradesh Governor Lalji Tandon had, late Saturday, issued orders to conduct the floor test on Monday. The Congress, however, has asserted that it is the Speaker’s prerogative to decide on the proceedings of the House. Narmada Prasad Prajapati, of the Congress, is the incumbent Speaker in the state Assembly. Also Read - Madhya Pradesh: Day Ahead of Floor Test, Section 144 Imposed in Bhopal, Will be in Place Till April 13
A delegation of the BJP, led by former CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan, had called upon the Governor on Saturday, urging him to order the floor test on Monday, saying that the Congress government had lost its majority after the resignation of 22 MLAs, including six ministers, loyal to Jyotiraditya Scindia, who left the Congress last Tuesday and joined the BJP a day later. Also Read - Madhya Pradesh Government to Face Floor Test Tomorrow as Governor Lalji Tandon Issues Orders
CM Kamal Nath has, however, alleged that the MLAs are being held hostage by the BJP; notably, the MLAs were last week flown to Bengaluru, the capital of BJP-ruled Karnataka, allegedly by the saffron party.
The Congress is in power in the 230-seat Madhya Pradesh Assembly with the support of four Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MLAs, an MLA of the Samajwadi Party (SP) and two Independents.
The party has 114 MLAs of its own, of which 22 have now resigned. The BJP, meanwhile, has 103 legislators in the Assembly.