This Article is From Mar 16, 2020

Suspense Over Madhya Pradesh Floor Test For Kamal Nath: 10 Points

Madhya Pradesh Floor Test: Chief Minister KamalNath has claimed that he has the numbers to win the trust vote.

Madhya Pradesh Floor Test: Kamal Nath said he has the numbers and the government is safe.

Highlights

  • Kamal Nath has claimed that he has the numbers to win the trust vote
  • Ahead of the floor test, Jyotiraditya Scindia met Narendra Singh Tomar
  • The Congress has moved all its MLAs to Bhopal
New Delhi: There is no "motion of confidence" listed for today at the Madhya Pradesh assembly, raising questions about whether the trust vote will be held as per the directions of Governor Lalji Tandon. On Sunday, the state cabinet had asked Chief Minister Kamal Nath to take a call on the issue, contending that the letter by the Governor holds no constitutional validity as he cannot direct the state assembly. In case the government does not initiate the issue, the opposition can move a "no confidence motion" against the government. After a meeting with the Governor that ran past midnight, Mr Nath told journalists that the Speaker would take a call on today's voting. The resignation of the 22 loyalists of Jyotiraditya Scindia last week has brought the 15-month-old Kamal Nath government on the brink of collapse. Mr Scindia, sidelined since the 2018 assembly polls, has changed camp and joined the BJP.

Here are the Top 10 points on Madhya Pradesh Government Crisis:

  1. Chief Minister Kamal Nath said: "The Governor told me that the proceedings of the state assembly should be carried out smoothly. So I told him that I will talk to the speaker in this regard on Monday morning," he was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.

  2. The Congress has asserted that it is the Speaker's prerogative to decide about the proceedings of the House -- a claim seen as reluctance to hold the trust vote. But a buoyed BJP maintained that the Speaker was bound by the Governor's direction.

  3. Chief Minister Kamal Nath has claimed that he has the numbers to win the trust vote. After a state cabinet meeting this morning, minister and independent MLA Pradeep Jaiswal said, "We have the numbers. The Chief Minister is confident. Wait and watch".

  4. Ahead of today's floor test, Jyotiraditya Scindia met Union Minister and BJP leader Narendra Singh Tomar. Later, along with the BJP's former Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, they met the Solicitor General to discuss the possibility of disqualification of the 22 rebel MLAs, and their right to contest elections in future.

  5. The Congress has moved all its MLAs to Bhopal ahead of Monday's floor test mandated by the Governor. The MLAs were lodged at a resort in Jaipur.

  6. After a cabinet meeting called by Chief Minister Kamal Nath today, the Congress said the rebel MLAs in Bengaluru were "kidnapped" and they were not being allowed to meet their families. .

  7. "Many of them want to come but they are not being allowed to come back.  They are being terrorized. Mobile phones have been taken away," a minister said. Alleging that two of its ministers were assaulted by police when they went to meet the MLAs, the Congress said the matter is a national issue and that it would approach the Supreme Court.

  8. After the Congress allegations, many of the rebel MLAs had sent videos on which they are seen professing loyalty to Mr Scindia and reiterating their reason for resigning. Asked about this, state cabinet minister PC Sharma said, "They (the BJP) have hypnotized our MLAs". The minister had performed a tantra pooja at a local temple yesterday.

  9. The Congress has 108 MLAs in the House, and the support of seven allied legislators. If the resignations of all 22 MLAs are accepted, the Congress's strength will come way below the new majority mark of 104, and the BJP, with 107 MLAs, can form government.

  10. Chief Minister Kamal Nath's government initially had 120 MLAs - just four over the majority mark of 116 in the 230-member Assembly.