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Madhya Pradesh Crisis:Assembly Adjourned Till March 26,No Floor Test Today,BJP Goes To Supreme Court
Speaker To Take A Call On Trust Vote Today On Kamal Nath Government
Madhya Pradesh Crisis: Assembly Adjourned Till March 26, No Floor Test Today, BJP Goes To Supreme Court
New Delhi: Madhya Pradesh Governor Lalji Tandon walked out of the state assembly amid Congress slogans of "respect the house" after he said in his opening address at the session today to "follow the Constitution".The house is then adjourned till March 26. The opposition BJP, which is confident of overthrowing the ruling Congress, has gone to the Supreme Court.
"All must follow the rules under the Constitution so that dignity of Madhya Pradesh remains protected," said the Governor, in what was seen to a message to the Kamal Nath-led Congress government.
The Governor had asked the Speaker to hold a test of strength which may see the 15-month-old state government collapse.
Chief Minister Kamal Nath and Congress MLAs flashed smiles and victory signs as they entered the assembly.
Kamal Nath wrote this morning to the Governor, saying that it "does not lie within the domain of the Governor to interfere with the functions of the Speaker".
The resignation of 22 Congress MLAs loyal to Jyotiraditya Scindia last week has brought the state government on the brink of collapse.
The MLAs, who flew to Bengaluru, are expected to follow Mr. Scindia into the BJP.
In case the government does not initiate a trust vote, 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.
In his letter, Mr. Nath said to the Governor: "The Governor cannot require the Speaker to discharge his functions in the manner he considers constitutionally appropriate."
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.
Kamal Nath's government initially had 120 MLAs just four over the majority mask of 116 in the 230-member Assembly.
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 the government
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