The Supreme Court will hear on 17 March, a writ petition filed by the Bhartiya Janatha Party leader, Shivraj Singh Chouhan and nine other BJP MLAs, seeking immediate floor test for proving the majority of Kamal Nath government, in the Madhya Pradesh assembly.
Citing that the Congress government no longer holds the majority in the Madhya Pradesh, after it won the 2018 elections, the former Chief Minister of the state, Shivraj Singh Chouhan and other BJP leaders have filed a petition before the Supreme Court to hold a floor test, in the State Assembly to substantiate the majority by Congress.
As per sources, the plea was moved after trust vote was not held in the Assembly on Monday, as the proceedings were adjourned till March 26. The petition states that on account of the resignation of 22 MLAs of the ruling Congress party, out of which 6 have been accepted by Speaker, the Kamal Nath government has been reduced to a minority.
The petition further claims that “In the house having 230 seats, the Congress has 114 seats and BJP has 107 seats. The government was formed by Congress after the elections in December 2018 with the support of 7 other MLAs. 22 Congress MLAs have tendered their resignations to the Speaker on March 10, ‘on account of dissatisfaction with the Hon’ble Chief Minister for non-fulfillment of promises made prior to elections’. It has no moral, legal, democratic or constitutional right to remain in power even for a single day. All possible attempts are being made by the Hon’ble Chief Minister to convert his minority government into a majority by giving all possible threats, allurements to the members of the Madhya Pradesh Vidhan Sabha. The horse-trading is at its peak.”
It further contended that despite the clear-cut directions issued by the Governor to Chief Minister Kamal Nath to seek vote of confidence and prove his majority on the floor of the house on March 16, after the address by the Governor was over, the item for seeking the confidence vote has not been included in the business to be transacted on the floor of the House.