Ahead of the floor test slated for 20th March, Friday, the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Kamal Nath submitted his resignation to the Governor. Earlier a major announcement was already expected from the CM. On Thursday, the Supreme Court directed the floor check to be conducted in the State Assembly on Friday.
Kamalnath while addressing a press conference in Bhopal said -
"I have decided to tender my resignation to the Governor today." He accused the BJP of murdering democracy' and plotting to pull down his government.
After the departure of 22 MLAs, the government fell into turmoil, led by former union minister Jyotiraditya Scindia. Both the Congress and the BJP issued a central whip for their MLAs.
The Secretariat of the Legislature held a session at 2:00 p.m. on the order of the Supreme Court. At present, the Assembly's math seems to be in favour of the BJP, particularly after Speaker N.P. Prajapati approved the resignation of 16 more Congress MLAs on Thursday night. There was a small flutter in the morning as Speaker NP Prajapati declared that he was considering the resignation of BJP MLA Sharad Kol, but this did not make a significant difference to the list.
The Legislative Assembly has 230 MLAs, of which 24 are empty. A total of 206 MLAs in the House would need the assistance of 104 MLAs. The BJP has 107 MLAs while the Congress has 92. Moreover, Congress has the support of the Samajwadi Party, the Bahujan Samaj Party, and the Independent MLAs, which makes the tally to 99.
The trouble began with Kamal Nath last week when senior leader Jyotiraditya Scindia crossed over to the BJP and had 22 of his loyalists to withdraw from the Assembly, rendering the government a minority.
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