New Delhi: The fate of Chief Minister Kamal Nath-led Congress government in Madhya Pradesh will be determined on Monday after Governor Lalji Tandon, in a development late last night, directed Speaker Narmada Prasad Prajapati to conduct the floor test on March 16. Also Read - Madhya Pradesh Crisis: 'Ensure That 22 Congress MLAs Reach Safely...,' Kamal Nath Writes to Amit Shah
In his order, the Governor said, “The Madhya Pradesh Assembly’s session will commence at March 16, 2020, at 11 AM and after my address to the assembly, the first work to be conducted will be voting on trust vote.”
“The division on the trust vote will take place by pressing the button, no other mode of voting will be acceptable,” the order further stated. It added that the floor test would have to be completed on March 16, and would not be ‘deferred, delayed or suspended.’
The Governor’s orders came just hours after a BJP delegation, led by former Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, called on him, seeking a floor test on March 16. Earlier, CM Kamal Nath, too, had met the Governor on Friday, apprising him on the ongoing political tussle in the state.
The episode began when 22 MLAs loyal to Jyotiraditya Scindia, who earlier this week left the Congress and joined the BJP, were taken to Bengaluru, allegedly by the BJP. The MLAs, including six ministers, wanted to ‘expressed their solidarity’ with their leader.
Later, they resigned en masse, signalling alarm bells for the state government, which is in power here with the support of four independents, two MLAs of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and one from the Samajwadi Party (SP). The BJP says that the resignation of the 22 MLAs means that the Kamal Nath government had lost its majority.
The resignation of the six ministers was accepted by the Governor on Saturday.