Bhopal: Speaker NP Prajapati on Monday adjourned the Madhya Pradesh Assembly till March 26 amid demand by the BJP MLAs to hold a floor test as directed by Governor Lalji Tandon. At the outset, in his short address at the Assembly, Governor Tandon said, "I want to tell all leaders, all laws must be followed along with all democratic protocols.
"Just after the brief address of the governor, MLAs of the BJP raised the demand for a floor test, triggering an uproar. Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Govind Singh raised the issue of coronavirus threat in the country and also mentioned the central government's advisory, following which the Speaker accepted Singh's plea and adjourned the House till March 26.
Earlier, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath wrote a letter to Governor Lalji Tandon, saying a trust vote would be “undemocratic” as Congress MLAs were held captive by the BJP. The chief minister also said it did not lie within the domain of the Governor to interfere with the functions of the Speaker.
Meanwhile, soon after filing a petition in SC seeking a floor test within 48 hours, BJP MLAs led by former CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan met Governor Lalji Tandon Monday. "We have come here to inform the governor that we cannot have a minority government at the helm and we are requesting the Governor to hold a floor test at the earliest," said Chouhan.
After the BJP sought for a floor test in Madhya Pradesh, the Supreme Court on Monday stated that it would hear the matter on Tuesday.
However, according to sources, a team of three doctors has arrived at the resort in Bengaluru where the 19 Congress rebel MLAs were holed up. Sources said that heart checkup related medical aids were also moved while one ambulance was given way to the resort.
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