MP Political crisis HIGHLIGHTS: SC orders floor test by 5 pm tomorrow. Congress will lose, says Shivraj Singh Chouhan

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Updated:Mar 19, 2020 9:50:03 pm

SC on MP Floor Test HIGHLIGHTS: Madhya Pradesh plunged into a political crisis after 22 Congress MLAs including six ministers resigned following Jyotiraditya Scindia's decision to join the BJP.

Supreme Court suggests Speaker interact with rebel Congress MLAs via video link, he refuses.

MP Political HIGHLIGHTS: The Supreme Court today ordered floor test by show of hands in Madhya Pradesh. The court has directed the government to complete the process by 5 pm on Friday. The floor test will be recorded on video. The court has also said that if the rebel MLAs want to come to the Assembly, both Karnataka DGP and Madhya Pradesh DGP should provide them security. The MLAs have been camping in Bengaluru.

Earlier, the court suggested that Madhya Pradesh Assembly Speaker NP Prajapati should interact with the rebel Congress MLAs through video link or the court can appoint an observer to allay the fear that the legislators are in captivity. However, the Speaker refused to accept the top court’s proposal. “We can appoint an observer to Bengaluru or some other place so that the rebel MLAs can connect with the Speaker through video conferencing after which he can decide,” a bench comprising Justices DY Chandrachud and Hemant Gupta said.

The court had also asked the Speaker whether any inquiry was made on the resignation of the rebel MLAs and what decision has he taken on them. Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for the Speaker, said the day court begins to give time-bound direction to the Speaker, it will be constitutionally problematic.

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    21:14 (IST)19 Mar 2020
    Will read SC order and decide: Kamal Nath on floor test

    Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath after Supreme Court orders Floor Test: We will study every aspect of the court order and discuss it with our legal experts and make any decision on the basis of their advice.

    19:32 (IST)19 Mar 2020
    Congress govt will lose floor test: Shivraj Singh Chouhan

    Shivraj Singh Chouhan: We welcome the Supreme Court's decision of floor test. This government is not just a government which has lost the majority but this is a government of brokers which has cheated the people of Madhya Pradesh. This government will lose the floor test tomorrow (Friday).

    19:29 (IST)19 Mar 2020
    Jyotiraditya Scindia reaches residence of Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar

    BJP leader Jyotiraditya Scindia reaches the residence of Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar. The Supreme Court has ordered for the conduct of floor test at the Assembly tomorrow (Friday).

    18:29 (IST)19 Mar 2020
    SC orders floor test by 5 pm tomorrow

    The Supreme Court today ordered floor test by show of hands in Madhya Pradesh. The court has directed the government to complete the process by 5 pm on Friday. The floor test will be recorded on video. The court has also said that if the rebel MLAs want to come to the Assembly, both Karnataka DGP and Madhya Pradesh DGP should provide them security. The MLAs have been camping in Bengaluru.

    14:07 (IST)19 Mar 2020
    Governor cannot decide whether government has lost majority or not: Speaker

    Madhya Pradesh Speaker told SC that the Governor cannot decide whether government has lost majority or not, it's the House that decides. He added that the Governor has only three powers: whether to summon, prorogue and dissolve the House.

    12:46 (IST)19 Mar 2020
    Governor has power to direct Speaker to hold trust vote: SC

    The Supreme Court said that if House is not in session and if government loses majority then Governor has power to direct Speaker to hold trust vote.

    12:38 (IST)19 Mar 2020
    Shivraj questions why Speaker is seeking two weeks time?

    Shivraj Singh Chouhan asked why Speaker sought two weeks' time. "Why do they want more time? For engaging in horse-trading? Now they know that they do not have the numbers. It's an excuse to get some more transfers done," he said.

    11:55 (IST)19 Mar 2020
    Can Speaker meet rebel MLAs through video link? asks SC

    The Supreme Court asked what if Speaker meets rebel MLAs through video link and then decide? Speaker tells SC he cannot.

    11:54 (IST)19 Mar 2020
    Even SC cannot abrogate discretion of Speaker: Singhvi

    Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for Speaker, said that court may prescribe reasonable time, like two weeks, to decide on resignation of rebel MLAs. But added "even the Supreme Court cannot abrogate the discretion of Speaker".

    10:59 (IST)19 Mar 2020
    SC begins hearing on Shivraj's plea

    Supreme Court begins hearing the petition filed by former Madhya Pradesh CM & BJP leader, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, and others to hold floor test in the State Assembly.

    10:58 (IST)19 Mar 2020
    MP crisis: TMC gives Adjournment Motion Notice in Rajya Sabha

    TMC MP Saugata Roy has given Adjournment Motion Notice in Rajya Sabha, over 'BJP's alleged attempt to topple the elected government of Madhya Pradesh.'

    09:21 (IST)19 Mar 2020
    Madhya Pradesh BJP complains to EC against Digvijaya Singh

    The Madhya Pradesh BJP complained to the Election Commission (EC) that Congress veteran Digvijaya Singh is using his influence and exerting "pressure on 16 rebel MLAs of his party staying in Bengaluru to vote for him in the Rajya Sabha polls. Singh is a candidate in the March 26 polls.

    09:12 (IST)19 Mar 2020
    Tendering of resignations by MLAs a 'jugaad': Speaker

    Madhya Pradesh Assembly Speaker NP Prajapati told the Supreme Court on Wednesday that a new kind of 'jugaad' of ensuring resignations of ruling party MLAs has been invented to circumvent the anti-defection law and ensure fall of an elected government. "It is a kind of 'jugaad' that they are trying to do. In a running assembly, you bring a no confidence motion but not some indirect plea for a floor test can be entertained," he said.

    09:04 (IST)19 Mar 2020
    Madhya Pradesh Politics Crisis 2020

    After former Union minister Jyotiraditya Scindia quit the Congress, 22 MLAs of the ruling party, also submitted their resignations, pushing the 15-month-old Kamal Nath government to the brink of collapse. Of these, the speaker has accepted the resignations of six MLAs.

    08:58 (IST)19 Mar 2020
    Will go to Bengaluru if needed: Kamal Nath

    Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister is mulling to go to Bengaluru to meet 16 rebel MLAs currently staying at a resort there, as his government is on a shaky ground following the resignation of these and six more legislators. Talking to reporters in response to a query, Nath said, "If needed I will also go to Bengaluru."

    08:37 (IST)19 Mar 2020
    Madhya Pradesh Congress Legislature Party flays Digvijaya detention in Bengaluru

    The Madhya Pradesh Congress Legislature Party (CLP) on Wednesday passed a resolution strongly condemning detention and alleged misbehaviour with senior leader and former chief minister Digvijay Singh and other ministers at Bengaluru. The incident took place at the behest of the BJP, the CLP said. "The CLP strongly condemns the ill-treatment meted out to Singh and others," the resolution moved by Legislative Affairs Minister Govind Singh said. It termed the incident as "undemocratic and immoral".

    08:34 (IST)19 Mar 2020
    Provide CRPF security to rebel Congress MLAs: Shivraj Singh Chouhan

    BJP vice-president and former chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan Wednesday said that when the MLAs holed up in Bengaluru are demanding Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) security, then why the state government is not providing the same to them. "The government must provide them CRPF security," he demanded.

    08:32 (IST)19 Mar 2020
    MP Floor Test Supreme Court: Congress workers stage protest outside MP BJP office

    Meanwhile, Congress workers staged a protest outside the Madhya Pradesh BJP office in Bhopal on Wednesday after their senior leader Digvijaya Singh was barred from meeting his party's rebel MLAs in Bengaluru. The BJP claimed protesters hurled stones at its office and attacked its members with lathis.

    08:31 (IST)19 Mar 2020
    MP Assembly Floor Test: SC to resume hearing on Shivraj's plea

    The Supreme Court will resume hearing on former MP CM and senior BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan's plea seeking a direction to the Kamal Nath government to undertake an immediately floor test in the Legislative Assembly.

    Madhya Pradesh Governor Lalji Tandon and Chief Minister Kamal Nath at the Legislative Assembly on the first day of the Budget session. (PTI Photo)The state plunged into a political crisis after 22 Congress MLAs including six ministers resigned following Jyotiraditya Scindia's decision to join the Bharatiya Janata Party. Scindia was miffed with the party leadership after he was denied a Rajya Sabha berth. In the current Assembly which has an effective strength of 222, the BJP has 107 MLAs and the ruling Congress has 92 MLAs including the Speaker. A political party or an alliance needs the support of at least 112 MLAs to remain in the power. The Congress also enjoys the support of two BSP MLAs and 1 Samajwadi Party MLA. The Madhya Pradesh legislative Assembly comprises 230 chairs.
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