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MP crisis: SC directs Speaker to hold floor test by 5 pm on Friday

The test, which will be the only agenda item before the Assembly, is to be by raising of hands, said a Bench of judges D Y Chandrachud and Hemant Gupta

Sandeep Kumar  |  Bhopal/New Delhi 

Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath
The court ordered video-recording of the Assembly proceedings showing chief minister Kamal Nath-led Congress government undertaking the floor test on Friday | File photo

The directed the Speaker of Madhya Pradesh’s legislative Assembly that a vote test of the government’s majority be done on Friday and the proceedings be complete before 5 pm.

The test, which will be the only agenda item before the Assembly, is to be by raising of hands, said a Bench of judges D Y Chandrachud and Hemant Gupta. The proceeding are to also be recorded on video.

They said the test is necessary to end political uncertainty in the state. The police heads of Karnataka and MP were also told to ensure security for the 16 rebel Congress MLAs if they chose to appear for the vote.

’’We welcome the decision. This government will lose the floor test tomorrow,” said former chief minister and Bharatiya Janata Party leader

The ruling says it is confident. “We are sure and were always ready. It was necessary that the MLAs who were kidnapped be present here,” said cabinet minister Jitu Patwari.

The MP assembly has 230 seats but two are vacant after their incumbents’ death. Before the current political crisis, the Congress had 114 MLAs and the BJP 107.

First Published: Fri, March 20 2020. 00:26 IST
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