MP political crisis Highlights: Supreme Court refuses to meet rebel Congress MLAs, hearing deferred till tomorrow

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Updated: March 18, 2020 4:41:20 pm

The Congress party has alleged that resignations of its MLAs were extracted by force and coercion and that they did not act as per their free will.

Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that the Congress wants to meet rebel MLAs in order to lure them.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused the rebel Congress MLAs offer to meet and deferred the hearing on former Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s plea till tomorrow. During the hearing today, the ruling Congress said that a probe is required on the resignations submitted to Speaker NP Prajapati by the BJP leaders on behalf of rebel Congress MLAs. Appearing for the Congress party in the Supreme Court, advocate Dushyant Dave said that resignations of the ruling alliance MLAs were extracted by force and coercion and that they did not act as per their free will. He argued that the public of Madhya Pradesh trusted Congress and the single largest party had won the vote of confidence that day. Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Shivraj, offered to produce all 16 rebel MLAs in judges’ chamber. The court, however, categorically said “no”. Rohatgi then said Registrar General of Karnataka HC could go and meet rebel MLAs tomorrow and video record everything. But the top court refused to send Registrar General to meet rebel MLAs, defers hearing for tomorrow 10.30 am. The also refused to accept the offer of rebel Congress MLAs to meet them, saying it would not be appropriate.

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    16:41 (IST)18 Mar 2020
    MP Floor Test: SC defers hearing till tomorrow

    Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has refused to send Registrar General to meet rebel Congress MLAs. The court deferred the hearing for tomorrow 10.30 am. The also also refused to accept the offer of rebel Congress MLAs to meet them, saying it would not be appropriate.

    16:28 (IST)18 Mar 2020
    Abhishek Manu Singhvi appears for Speaker in SC

    Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for Speaker, refers to Article 212 which bars courts from taking cognizance of actions inside the House.

    16:28 (IST)18 Mar 2020
    Speaker cannot sit over resignation indefinitely: Rebel Congress MLAs

    Rebel Congress MLAs in the Supreme Court submitted that they resigned due to ideology and that the court cannot go into intricacies of that. They added that Speaker cannot sit over resignation indefinitely,

    16:10 (IST)18 Mar 2020
    Ready to face consequences as per Constitution: Rebel MLAs

    Rebel MLAs said that they are ready to face consequences as per Constitution, but don't want to meet Congress leaders.

    16:10 (IST)18 Mar 2020
    Speaker cannot sit on resignations: Rebel MLAs advocate

    Rebel Congress MLAs tell SC that they held press conference declaring decisions taken on free will, same has been sworn in affidavits as well. Maninder Singh said right to resign constitutional, but what is the corresponding duty of Speaker for accepting resignation. "Speaker cannot sit on their resignations," he said on behalf of the MLAs. The lawyer also asked the court if he can choose to accept some resignations and not others.

    16:08 (IST)18 Mar 2020
    Don't want to meet Congress leaders: Rebel MLAs in SC

    Senior advocate Maninder Singh, representing the rebel MLAs, said that they don't want to meet Congress leaders and there is no principle of law to compel them. "We aren't abducted and are producing this evidence in a CD to the court," the advocate said on behalf of the rebel Congress MLAs.

    16:06 (IST)18 Mar 2020
    Congress wants to lured rebel MLAs to save govt: Shivraj

    Mukul Rohatgi, appearing on behalf od Shivraj Singh Chouhan, said that the ruling Congress wants rebel MLAs to go to Bhopal so that they can be lured and it can do horse trading. He questioned how can a political party ask for access to rebel MLAs in the petition, questions its maintainability.

    16:04 (IST)18 Mar 2020
    Shivraj Singh Chouhan offeres to produce all 16 rebel MLAs in judges' chamber

    Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Shivraj Singh Chouhan, offered to produce all 16 rebel MLAs in judges' chamber. But the Supreme Court said "no". Rohatgi then said, as alternative, Registrar General of Karnataka HC could go and meet rebel MLAs tomorrow and video record everything.

    16:02 (IST)18 Mar 2020
    Supreme Court on Madhya Pradesh political crisis

    In the rebel Congress MLAs case, the Supreme Court said that as a constitutional court, we have to discharge our duties. The court asked lawyers to assist it on modalities for ensuring free access to the Assembly and choice.

    15:08 (IST)18 Mar 2020
    Rebel MLAs tilt the balance one way or the other: SC

    The Supreme Court said as of now it knows that the 16 rebel MLAs in Madhya Pradesh tilt the balance one way or the other. The court said that it is not going to come in the way of the legislature to decide who enjoys the trust. The court added that it has to ensure there is a free exercise of choice that these 16 MLAs can make.

    15:06 (IST)18 Mar 2020
    MLAs can't be held captive: SC

    The Supreme Court said that 16 rebel Congress MLAs can either proceed to the floor of the House or not, but surely they can't be held captive.

    15:06 (IST)18 Mar 2020
    Kamal Nath govt cannot continue for single day: Shivraj in SC

    Former CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan seeks immediate floor test in MP Assembly, says Kamal Nath govt cannot continue for single day as it lost majority.

    15:05 (IST)18 Mar 2020
    Congress seeks deferment of trust vote till bypolls are conducted

    Madhya Pradesh Congress in SC seeks deferment of trust vote in House till bypolls are conducted for vacant Assembly seats. Former Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan opposes in SC Congress' plea that trust vote be deferred till holding of bypolls.

    14:45 (IST)18 Mar 2020
    BJP attempting to hijack government: Kamal Nath

    Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath said that Digvijaya Singh is Congress' Rajya Sabha candidate and he went to meet MLAs but he was told that he is security risk. "He became a security risk amid 500 Karnataka police personnel? This shows MLAs have been held hostage and BJP is attempting to hijack the government," he said.

    14:09 (IST)18 Mar 2020
    DK Shivakumar's ultimatum to Bengaluru police

    Congress' DK Shivakumar said, "Who are the BJP people to give protection? Itis the police that should.I have communicated to the DGP, if police do not vacate BJP people (from Ramada hotel where MLAs are lodged), we will go and vacate them. We're going to Congress office, we will discuss and take a call."

    13:26 (IST)18 Mar 2020
    Supreme Court on MP Floor Test

    Supreme Court Justice Hemant Gupta, after hearing Dave's argument, said, "That is what they are doing. They are giving up on their membership and may go back again to voters."

    13:24 (IST)18 Mar 2020
    MLAs must go back to voters and win again: Congess

    Advocate Dushyant Dave, representing MP Congress MLAs, said that the 'the MLAs must go back to the electorate and win election again'.

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    12:47 (IST)18 Mar 2020
    Digvijaya Singh's detention in Bengaluru 'Hitlarshahi' by BJP: Kamal Nath

    Digvijay Singh's detention by police in Bengaluru is display of "dictatorship and Hitlarshahi" by the BJP, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath said here on Wednesday. "Preventing Congress Rajya Sabha candidate and other ministers from meeting MLAs, misbehave with them, forcibly taken them into custody is totally a dictatorship and hitlershahi (sic)," Nath said in a tweet.

    12:43 (IST)18 Mar 2020
    MP Governor overriding Speaker: Congress

    "Speaker is the ultimate master, MP Governor is overriding him," the Congress party said in the Supreme Court. Governor has no business to send messages at night asking CM or Speaker to hold floor test, the party said.

    12:41 (IST)18 Mar 2020
    BJP leaders handed over resignations of MLAs to Speaker: Congress

    Congress said that the BJP leaders reached Speaker's residence on Holi and handed over resignations of 19 rebel MLAs, this shows their complicity.

    12:41 (IST)18 Mar 2020
    MLAs incommunicado in resort arranged by BJP: Congress in SC

    Congress in SC said that rebel MLAs were taken away in chartered flights, are incommunicado in resort arranged by BJP.

    12:26 (IST)18 Mar 2020
    Congress wants probe into resignation of MLAs

    Madhya Pradesh Congress tells the SC that probe is needed on resignation letters of rebel MLAs submitted by BJP leaders to Speaker. Congress alleges in SC that resignations of its rebel MLAs in MP extracted by force and coercion, they did not act as per their free will.

    12:18 (IST)18 Mar 2020
    'Public of MP trusted Congress'

    Advocate Dushyant Dave, representing MP Congress MLAs, argued before the Supreme Court that "today we're in a peculiar situation.Public of MP trusted Congress.The single largest party had won vote of confidence that day."

    12:17 (IST)18 Mar 2020
    Will meet MLAs if need arises: Kamal Nath

    Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath on being asked if he will go to meet the Congress MLAs who are lodged in Ramada hotel in Bengaluru: "If the need arises I will go there."

    11:25 (IST)18 Mar 2020
    Bengaluru: Digvijaya Singh, DK Shivakumar reach Commissioner's office

    Congress' Digvijaya Singh, Karnataka Congress president DK Shivakumar and Madhya Pradesh Congress leader Sajjan Singh Verma reach Commissioner's office. Singh, Sachin Yadav & Kantilal Bhuria were placed under preventive arrest,earlier today.

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    11:04 (IST)18 Mar 2020
    One of the MLAs contacted Digvijaya: DK Shivakumar

    Senior Congress leader DK Shivakumar said that Digvijaya Singh has come to meet party MLAs. "One of the MLAs had contacted him through telephone and requested him to free them. Police do not have right to block him, he wants to request higher authorities as these people are acting on instructions of CM."

    11:03 (IST)18 Mar 2020
    Will save the Congress government, says Digvijaya Singh

    Digvijaya Singh and other Congress leaders are now being taken out of Amruthahalli Police Station in Bengaluru. He says, "I don't know where am I being taken. I should have been allowed to meet my MLAs. I am a law-abiding citizen. Sarkar bhi bachaenge aur hamare MLAs ko bhi wapas laenge."

    10:56 (IST)18 Mar 2020
    Governor praises Speaker for accepting resignations of six ministers

    Madhya Pradesh Governor Lalji Tandon sent a letter to Assembly Speaker NP Prajapati in the early hours of Wednesday, praising him for taking an "impartial and courageous" decision in accepting the resignations of six ministers. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

    10:45 (IST)18 Mar 2020
    Kamal Nath forwards Governor's letter on floor test to Speaker

    Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath on Tuesday forwarded toSpeaker of the Assembly a fresh directive given to himby state Governor Lalji Tandon on holding a floor test. In his latest letter to the governor on Tuesday, the CM said, "Taking into account all the facts, I have forwarded your direction given to me to the Assembly Speaker for an appropriate action."

    10:38 (IST)18 Mar 2020
    Madhya Pradesh floor test: Hearing in SC to begin shortly

    Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who is former Chief Minister of the state, and nine BJP lawmakers, including the leader of opposition and BJP's Chief Whip in the Assembly, knocked the doors of the Supreme Court on Monday just after the Speaker cited coronavirus concerns and adjourned the House till March 26 without taking the floor test apparently defying the directions of Governor Lalji Tandon.

    10:21 (IST)18 Mar 2020
    MP Congress moves SC seeking access to its rebel MLAs kept in Bengaluru

    The Madhya Pradesh Congress Legislature party (MPCLP) moved the Supreme Court on Tuesday seeking direction to the Centre and the BJP-led Karnataka government to grant it access to communicate with its rebel MLAs allegedly kept at Bengaluru.

    09:49 (IST)18 Mar 2020
    Madhya Pradesh floor test: SC to resume hearing on Shivraj's plea

    The Supreme Court will resume hearing on senior BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan's plea seeking a direction to Chief Minister Kamal Nath to undertake an immediate floor test in the Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly.

    09:45 (IST)18 Mar 2020
    Congress leaders detained at Amruthahalli Police Station

    Congress leader Digvijaya Singh, Karnataka Congress president DK Shivakumar and Madhya Pradesh Congress leaders Sajjan Singh Verma & Kantilal Bhuria at Amruthahalli Police Station in Bengaluru where Digvijaya Singh has been taken after being placed under preventive arrest.

    09:39 (IST)18 Mar 2020
    Bengaluru: Digvijaya Singh taken to Amruthahalli Police Station

    Congress leader Digvijaya Singh has been taken to Amruthahalli Police Station in Bengaluru. He says that he is on a hunger strike now. He has been placed under preventive arrest. He was sitting on a dharna near Ramada hotel, allegedly after he wasn't allowed by Police to visit it

    09:36 (IST)18 Mar 2020
    Karnataka government misusing power: DK Shivakumar

    DK Shivakumar, Karnataka Congress president, said that the state BJP government is misusing the power. "We have our own political strategy, we know how to handle the situation. He's not alone here. I'm here. I know how to support him. But I don't want to create a law & order situation in Karnatak," he said.

    09:34 (IST)18 Mar 2020
    Police didn't allow me to speak to Congress MLAs: Digvijaya Singh

    Digvijaya Singh said that he is a Rajya Sabha candidate from Madhya Pradesh abd it is his right to meet the MLAs. "My MLAs have been kept here, they want to speak to me, their phones have been snatched, police is not letting me speak to them saying there is a security threat to MLAs," he said.

    09:31 (IST)18 Mar 2020
    Digvijaya Singh detained in Bangaluru

    Bengaluru police on Wednesday morning detained senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh after he tried to enter a hotel where rebel Congress MLAs are staying over the last week.

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    Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Kamal Nath. (Photo PTI)The Kamal Nath government was reduced to minority after 22 Congress MLAs resigned. The MLAs are believed to be of Jyotiraditya Scindia's camp who joined the BJP on March 11. In the Legislative Assembly which now has an effective strength of 222, the BJP has 107 members while the Congress has 92 including the Speaker.
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