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Congress sails through first floor test in MP Assembly, gets its Speaker

IANS  |  Bhopal 

Amidst dramatic scenes and walkout by the BJP, nominee M.P. Prajapati was on Tuesday elected the of the in the first floor test for the ruling party which had returned to power last month after 15 years.

There was pandemonium and two adjournments for a period of 10 minutes each after the demanded that the resolution proposing the name of its candidate should also be taken up along with the motion moved by the ruling party favouring the candidature of Prajapati.

It all started with proposing the name of Prajapti, which was supported by Arif Akil, and many other party MLAs.

Protem took up the motion favouring Prajapati as members objected to it saying their motion should also be taken up simultaneously.

When this was disallowed, the members created a ruckus and the House was adjourned. The scenes were repeated when the House met after the adjournment, only to be adjourned again.

Former described the process adopted by the protem as "murder" of democracy. His party MLAs demanded a secret voting which was rejected by citing a ruling in this regard. Chouhan then led a walkout of his party MLAs.

The then put the resolution to a voice vote in which the MLAs backed Prajapati. However, of BSP, which supports the government, sought a division.

In the division in the absence of members, Prajapati got 120 votes including that of two BSP MLAs, the lone SP MLA and four Independents.

The BJP has 109 MLAs in the 230-member House.

After the election, congratulated Prajapati and expressed the hope that he would take care of the aspirations of all sections in the House.



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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 16:04 IST