BH CORRESPONDENT, New Delhi: The BJP has moved the Supreme Court after the floor test in Madhya Pradesh was delayed following the adjournment of the state Assembly. The plea has been filed by 10 MLAs, including former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, seeking a direction to the Kamal Nath-led government to prove its majority.
In their petition, the BJP leaders have claimed that 22 MLAs of ruling Congress have submitted their resignation, thereby reducing the Madhya Pradesh government to minority. They have further said that the Governor had ordered floor test to be held on Monday but the same was not even included in the business to be transacted in the Assembly on March 16, and this shows that the direction has been “intentionally and wilfully defied”.
The Supreme Court is likely to hear the matter on Tuesday.
The Assembly, which had assembled on Monday morning for the beginning of the Budget session, was adjourned till March 26 after Governor Lalji Tandon’s address. In his address, the Governor appealed to members: “All must follow the rules under the Constitution so that dignity of Madhya Pradesh remains protected.”
Just after the brief address of the Governor, MLAs of the BJP raised the demand for a floor test, triggering an uproar. The Governor then left the Assembly. Though the proceedings lasted for 15 minutes on Monday, the House had to be adjourned for five minutes in between due to continuous uproar by BJP and Congress MLAs.