AGENCIES, Bhopal: The political scenario in Madhya Pradesh is quite hot in the wake of 22 Congress MLAs of the state rebelling. Seeing a window of opportunity to make its presence felt in the state, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) plans to seek a floor test on March 16, according to a senior BJP leader.
The Kamal Nath-led government that has been ruling the state for 15-months finds itself cornered after 22 Congress MLAs quit the party after former Union minister Jyotiraditya Scindia put in his papers on Tuesday.
“Since the government is in minority, we are going to request the Governor and the Assembly speaker for a floor test on March 16 when the state Budget session begins,” BJP’s chief whip in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly Narottam Mishra said.
The Governor and the Speaker have the resignations of 22 MLAs. Now it is up to them to take a call, Mishra added.
“This government has lost majority,” senior BJP leader former chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said.
As a result of the political developments in the past two days, the Congress has a wafer thin majority in the 228-member Assembly. Before the rebellion, its tally was 114.
Congress also has the support of four Independents, two BSP MLAs and one from the SP. But observers opine that there’s no surety that this support will continue, given the current circumstances.
If the resignations of the 22 MLAs are accepted, the strength of the Assembly will fall to 206. The Congress, on its own, will then be left with just 92 seats, while the BJP overtakes 107 seats. The magic number for a majority being 104, so in theory the odds are in favour of the BJP.