MP Cong govt falls; Kamal Nath to resign as CM today

Perhaps an end to the political crisis in Madhya Pradesh, chief minister Kamal Nath on Friday said he would submit his resignation to the Governor Lalji Tandon today. The decision is following his government fell short of the majority mark. The Supreme Court had on Thursday ordered chief minister Kamal Nath-led Congress government to face floor test in the MP Vidhan Sabha by today.

Earlier, the state legislative Assembly had been adjourned until March 26 in view of the coronavirus pandemic. As per the apex court’s order, the trust vote has been mentioned in Madhya Pradesh Assembly’s list of business for today at 2 pm. Ahead of the floor test, Kamal Nath addressed media to announce his resignation.

The Congress-led government had been pushed to the brink following of former Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia. The state assembly speaker Narmada Prasad Prajapati late Thursday night accepted the resignations of the remaining 16 rebel Congress MLAs who have been in Bengaluru since March 9.

With this, the resignations of all 22 MLAs in Scindia’s camp brings down the total strength of the assembly to 206 where the ruling Congress with 92 members and seven allied MLAs — at least five short of a simple majority of 104. The opposition BJP with 107 MLAs is three more than the simple majority.

 

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