New Delhi: Amid political crisis in Madhya Pradesh, Supreme Court on Thursday order the state government to hold floor test in the assembly on Friday at 5 PM. Also Read - Heavens Are Not Falling, Says Madhya Pradesh Congress Advocate in Supreme Court | Top Developments
While hearing the case, the apex court directed the Madhya Pradesh Assembly Speaker NP Prajapati to convene a special session on Friday for conducting the floor test which must conclude by 5 PM.
Hearing the matter, a bench of the apex court, headed by Justice DY Chandrachud also said that the whole floor test should video recorded and if possible live streaming of the Assembly proceedings should also be done.
The top court bench also asked the police chiefs of Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka to provide security to the 16 rebel Congress MLAs if they want to be present on the assembly during the floor test.
Saying that state assembly will have a single point agenda of the floor test, the court asked the state assembly Secretary to ensure that there is no breach of law and order.
Reacting to the Supreme Court ruling, senior BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that he welcomes the decision of the apex court to hold the floor test.
“We welcome the Supreme Court’s decision of floor test. This government is not just a government which has lost the majority, but this is a government of brokers which has cheated the people of Madhya Pradesh. This government will lose the floor test on Friday,” he said.
Leader of Opposition in Madhya Pradesh assembly Gopal Bhargava said that everything will be cleared when the floor test will take place. “I welcome this decision. Everything will be clear in the floor test on Friday,” Bhargava said.
However, Congress leader Jitu Patwari said that it was necessary for the MLAs who were kidnapped by the BJP be present in the assembly during the floor test.
“We were always ready. Chief Minister Kamal Nath has said it himself. It was necessary the MLAs who were kidnapped be present here. Assembly is bound to obey the Supreme Court’s order. We are sure and ready,” Patwari said.