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Madhya Pradesh Row:Supreme Court Says,"Weeks Are Gold Mines For Horse-Trading"
The Madhya Pradesh Speaker was asked by the Supreme Court today if he could speak via video link to the rebel Congress MLAs in Bengaluru, whose resignation has resulted in the state's Kamal Nath government in a minority.
Madhya Pradesh Row: Supreme Court Says, "Weeks Are Gold Mines For Horse-Trading"
New Delhi: The Madhya Pradesh Speaker was asked by the Supreme Court today if he could speak via video link to the rebel Congress MLAs in Bengaluru, whose resignation has resulted from the state's Kamal Nath government in a minority.
"We can create conditions to ensure the exercise of their volition is truly voluntary. We can appoint an observer to Bengaluru or some other place. They can connect with you on the video conferencing and you can then decide," said Justice DY Chandrachud.
The Speaker has asked the Supreme Court for two weeks to decide. The speaker has also asked the MLAs to come in person and confirm their resignation and alleged that Congress has been trying to force them to withdraw their resignation and they are under immense pressure.
"Give me two weeks to decide. Let the rebel MLAs come back to Madhya Pradesh, their homes. They are living in an unnatural habitat, away from their families. The idea of video-conferencing only validates my apprehensions," said senior lawyer and Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi.
Justice Chandrachud replied: "Weeks are gold mines for horse-trading. It is why the court has been proactive in ordering the floor tests. The idea is to force the hands and make sure the floor test happens as soon as possible and prevent such things."
The resignation of MLAs loyal to former Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia, who quit last week and joined the BJP, has endangered the Congress government in Madhya Pradesh. The 15-month-old Congress government in Madhya Pradesh will collapse if the MLAs stand by their resignation.
The Supreme Court is hearing the BJP's petition for an immediate floor test. The governor, Lalji Tandon, has twice asked Chief Minister Kamal Nath to prove his majority
The BJP has 107 seats in the Madhya Pradesh assembly, which now has an effective strength of 222.
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