New Delhi: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath on Friday resigned from office, hours before the floor test was to take place in the state Assembly, after the Supreme Court had passed an order to this effect on Thursday. Friday’s development brought to an end the 15-month-old Congress government in the state; however, the opposition BJP, too, didn’t rush to stake claim as they, too, have a wafer-thin majority as per the new numbers in the 230-seat House. Also Read - Madhya Pradesh Government: Kamal Nath Steps Down as CM Ahead of Floor Test; Scindia Says 'Satyamev Jayate'
Here are the top developments from Friday in connection with this story: Also Read - Madhya Pradesh Crisis: Will Kamal Nath Quit as CM Ahead of Floor Test?
(1.) Kamal Nath, who was preferred over Jyotiraditya Scindia to be the Madhya Pradesh CM in December 2018, addressed a press conference at 12 PM. He accused the BJP of sabotaging his government, and stressed that while he got just 15 months in power, the BJP was in power for 15 years. Also Read - Madhya Pradesh: Supreme Court Orders Kamal Nath Govt to Face Floor Test by 5 PM on Friday
(2.) He listed out various achievements of his government in the 15 months that it was in power in the state. Accusing the BJP of ‘murdering democracy,’ he announced that he would be resigning as Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister. This meant that the floor test, which was to begin at 2 PM as per the SC order, won’t be required.
(3.) In his resignation letter to Governor Lalji Tandon, Nath alleged that everything that had happened in the state in the last two weeks, ‘is a new chapter in the weakening of the democratic principles.’
(4.) Hitting back at Kamal Nath, his predecessor and BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan suggested that instead of blaming the BJP, the Congress should ‘self-introspect.’ He also rubbished his successor’s charge of the BJP toppling his government, remarking that the BJP could not be blamed ‘if a government topples due to its own internal conflicts.’
(5.) Earlier, both Chouhan and former Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia, who is now in the BJP and whose exit from the Congress triggered the state government’s collapse, welcomed Kamal Nath’s resignation. While Chauhan tweeted ‘Satyamev Jayate,’ Scindia stated that ‘people have won today in Madhya Pradesh.’
(6.) Chauhan later called on Kamal Nath at the latter’s residence and met him for a few hours. The BJP, however, didn’t meet the Governor to stake claim to form government.
(7.) At a press conference on Friday morning, Speaker Narmada Prasad Prajapati said that he had accepted resignations of 16 MLAs Thursday night. Of the 22 pro-MLA Scindia MLAs who had rebelled, the resignations of six-all of them ministers in the Kamal Nath government-had been accepted earlier.
(8.) In a minor setback to the BJP, its MLA Sharad Kol, too, resigned. His resignation brought the effective strength of the Assembly to 205, and the BJP’s to 106. His resignation, the Speaker said, earlier seemed ‘forceful’ but after going through his documents, it was accepted.
(9.) The BJP had moved the Supreme Court on Monday, after the Assembly was adjourned till March 26 due to ‘coronavirus,’ instead of a floor test, as per the Governor’s orders, being conducted. Finally, on Thursday, the Supreme Court ordered the Kamal Nath government to undergo floor test at 2 PM on Friday.
(10.) Earlier this month, 22 MLAs loyal to Jyotiraditya Scindia had gone to Bengaluru, allegedly taken there by the BJP. After their resignation, while the number of Congress MLAs in the Assembly came down to 92, the overall strength of the Kamal Nath government was reduced to 99, well below the majority mark of 116.