New Delhi: The Supreme Court will on Tuesday hear the petition by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) seeking an immediate floor test in Madhya Pradesh Assembly. Notably, the plea was filed by former chief minister and BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who sought urgent direction from the apex court to the Speaker to conduct a floor test as the latter had postponed it to March 26. Also Read - Madhya Pradesh Crisis: Ahead of SC Hearing, Governor Asks Kamal Nath to Face Floor Test on Tuesday | Top Developments
The plea will be taken up for hearing by the bench comprising Justices D Y Chandrachud and Hemant Gupta. Also Read - MP Crisis: 'Even Corona Can Not Save This Govt', BJP Knocks SC's Door as Kamal Nath Gets 10-Day Breather
In the plea, the BJP said that they are approaching the apex court as the respondents, Speaker and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, have violated the constitutional principles and have deliberately and willfully defied the directions issued by the Governor on March 14, requiring the Chief Minister to prove his majority on the floor of Madhya Pradesh legislative assembly. Also Read - MP Crisis: BJP Delegation Meets Governor, Demands Floor Test For Kamal Nath Govt March 16
“It is submitted by the petitioners that the leaders of the main opposition party namely the BJP also on March 14 had addressed a letter to the Madhya Pradesh Governor that the government was reduced into minority and attempts of horse-trading were being made,” the petition said.
The petition said that in such a situation, the Governor should exercise his constitutional powers and direct the Chief Minister to prove his majority on the floor of the house.
Late Monday, Chief Minister Kamal Nath also met Governor Lalji Tandon at the Raj Bhavan. After the meeting, Nath said that BJP could bring in no-confidence motion if it suspected that his government does not have numbers.
“I met the Governor, we discussed current political issues. I thanked him for his address in the Assembly today. I said we’re ready for things within the Constitution, but we can’t go outside its purview. BJP has brought in no-confidence motion. As on today, we have the numbers,” Kamal Nath said.
“If someone says, that we (Congress) don’t have the numbers, they can bring no-confidence motion. Why should I give floor test? What problem do the 16 MLAs have?” he added.
Prior to this, the Governor wrote to Kamal Nath, urging him to conduct the floor test on Tuesday. If he failed to do so, it will be assumed that he didn’t have the majority, the Governor said in the letter.
On Saturday, the Speaker had accepted the resignation of six Congress MLAs. The Congress has now 108 legislators. These include 16 rebel legislators who have also put in their papers but their resignations are yet to be accepted.
The BJP has 107 seats in the House, which now has an effective strength of 222, with the majority mark being 112.