Uncertainty prevails over MP Assembly floor test

BHOPAL, MAR 15 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 3/15/2020 12:01:15 PM IST
After an eventful Sunday, uncertainty prevailed over Monday’s floor test on the opening day of the Budget session of the Madhya Pradesh Assembly.
Speaker NP Prajapati kept everyone guessing on his next move. His role is in focus after Governor Lalji Tandon’s directive to chief minister Kamal Nath to prove his majority Monday on the floor of the House Monday.
“You will know it tomorrow (Monday),” Prajapati said during a media briefing. Asked who decided about the floor test – the governor or the Assembly Speaker – a grinning Prajapati said, “I will let you know tomorrow.”
Everything points to a noisy start to the session. According to indications, the opposition BJP, upbeat with the governor’s direction to Nath to seek a confidence vote after his address, would go for the jugular and seek the ouster of the government right from the word go. The Congress government which stares at a possible collapse might try buying time through the Speaker to win back some of its 16 rebels MLAs.
The Congress has 108 MLAs in the House, and the support of seven allied legislators.
If all the resignations are accepted, the Congress’s strength will come way below the new majority mark of 104, and the BJP, with 107 MLAs, can form government.
More trouble for Cong as 5 Guj MLAs quit ahead of RS polls

Five Gujarat Congress MLAs resigned on Sunday despite the party shifting its state MLAs to Jaipur ahead of the crucial Rajya Sabha election on March 26.

At first four Congress MLAs submitted their resignations with the Gujarat assembly Speaker on Sunday just days ahead of the Rajya Sabha election. Later, MLA Praveen Maroo confirmed that he has also resigned, taking the total number of resignations to five.

While Congress took the first batch of 14 MLAs to Jaipur on Saturday, the 4 MLAs were missing. Now they have resigned.

The Gujarat Congress started shifting its MLAs out of the state amid fears of horse-trading ahead of the Rajya Sabha elections. Another batch of 20-22 party MLAs was likely to reach the Rajasthan capital on Sunday evening.

Sources said Congress MLAs will be shifted to Jaipur and other places in batches, and a few will also stay back to attend the Assembly session as required.

In the 182-seat Gujarat Assembly, BJP has 103 seats, Congress 73, while two seats are with Bharatiya Tribal party and the Nationalist Congress Party has one. There is one Independent legislator as well.

The BJP will require cross-voting from Congress MLAs to win the third seat, as it needs a total of 111 votes.

The Congress will need 74 votes to win two seats. Independent MLA Jignesh Mevani on Friday extended his support to the Congress.

The Congress decided to shift its MLAs, even when the Assembly session is underway, after the BJP fielded three candidates though it can win only two seats out of four as per its strength in the Assembly. Two candidates from Congress have filed their nomination papers.

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