New Delhi: The political drama in Madhya Pradesh on Thursday took a different turn after the Supreme Court ordered the Kamal Nath government to hold the floor test in the state assembly on Friday at 5:30 PM. Also Read - Madhya Pradesh: Supreme Court Orders Kamal Nath Govt to Face Floor Test by 5 PM on Friday
A bench, headed by Justice D Y Chandrachud, also ordered video recording and possible live streaming of the Assembly proceedings when the Kamal Nath-led Congress government undertakes the floor test. Also Read - Heavens Are Not Falling, Says Madhya Pradesh Congress Advocate in Supreme Court | Top Developments
The top court bench also directed the police chiefs of Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka to provide security to the 16 rebel Congress MLAs if they choose to appear in Assembly for trust vote. Also Read - Madhya Pradesh Mayhem: Wearing a Mask, Congress Leader Digvijaya Singh Sits on Dharna Outside Bengaluru Hotel
Saying that the 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.
During the hearing, the apex court suggested that the Assembly Speaker should interact with the rebel Congress MLAs through video link. However, the Speaker refused to accept the proposal of the court.
While hearing the matter, the top court bench said that if the government loses the majority when the Assembly was not in session, then Governor has the power to direct the Speaker to summon the Assembly.
According to updates, the BJP has 107 seats in the House, which now has an effective strength of 222, with the majority mark being 112.
On the other hand, state Chief Minister Kamal Nath on Thursday evening said his government will seek legal advice and study every aspect of the Supreme Court judgement on holding a floor test in the assembly before taking any decision on it.
“We will study every aspect of the Supreme Court order, discuss it with our legal experts and take a decision on the basis of their advise,” Kamal Nath said in a tweet.