Jyotiraditya Scindia Hails SC's MP Floor Test Order As Kamal Nath Mulls 'legal Options'

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Hailing the Supreme Court's order on Madhya Pradesh floor test, Cong-turned-BJP leader Jyotiraditya Scindia, on Thursday tweeted it was needed to save democracy

Written By Suchitra Karthikeyan | Mumbai | Updated On:
Jyotiraditya Scindia

Hailing the Supreme Court's order on Madhya Pradesh floor test, Congress-turned-BJP leader Jyotiraditya Scindia, on Thursday, tweeted that it was necessary to save democracy in Madhya Pradesh. While the BJP is confident that they will win the vote of confidence, Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath has said that Congress will study the order and discuss it with legal experts, before taking a decision. Scindia's exit from the Congress followed after 22 pro-Scindia rebel MLAs resigning from their posts.

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SC orders floor test

The two-judge SC bench comprising Justices DY Chandrachud and Hemant Gupta observed that the MP Assembly session should be reconvened on Friday for the sole purpose of holding a floor test by show of hands, while hearing a plea of BJP leaders seeking an immediate floor test. The entire proceedings will be video graphed and telecasted live if possible. Moreover, the bench directed the authorities to ensure that there is no breach of law and order. 

Most importantly, the rebel MLAs have not been compelled to attend the session. However, the DGP of Karnataka and MP have been asked to ensure the security of the aforesaid legislators if they choose to be a part of the floor test.  The rebel MLAs have repeatedly refused to appear before the Speaker citing security concerns.

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Madhya Pradesh political crisis

The crisis in the Kamal Nath government started when Congress alleged BJP of poaching 4 MLAs - two of which returned to Kamal Nath's folds. Soon, 22 MLAs including 6 cabinet ministers - loyal to Jyotiraditya Scindia flew to Bengaluru and submitted their resignations. While Congress expelled the six cabinet ministers and the Speaker accepted their resignations, the biggest jolt occurred when former Guna MP Jyotiraditya Scindia formally submitted his resignation to Congress interim chief Sonia Gandhi and then joined the BJP.

While the BJP has been demanding a floor test, the Congress adjourned the Assembly till March 26 amid Coronavirus. With the current halfway mark at 114 in the 228-MLA assembly, BJP currently holds 107 MLAs of its own. Congress which held 114 MLAs - has now been reduced to 108, with the acceptance of the six ministers' resignation. Overall, if the resignation of all 22 rebel MLAs is accepted, the halfway mark will be reduced to 103.

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