MP floor test live updates:Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath resigned Friday. Earlier in the day, he submitted his resignation letter to Governor Lalji Tandon, after his government fell short of the majority mark.
Before announcing his resignation, he hit out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for plotting against him.
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. 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.
Earlier, the state legislative Assembly had been adjourned until March 26 in view of the coronavirus pandemic.
BSP, SP, Independent MLAs to support BJP in MP: Party leader
Moments after the Kamal Nath government fell in Madhya Pradesh on Friday, a senior BJP leader said Independent MLAs as well those from BSP and SP had shifted their support to the saffron party.
The BSP has two members in the House, the SP one and there are four Independents, all of whom were supporting the Congress government in the state.
Minister in Kamal Nath govt offers support to new dispensation
An Independent MP MLA who was a minister in the Kamal Nath government, said he would extend support to the new dispensation in the state to ensure the development of his constituency.
The Waraseoni MLA and mining minister in the Nath government Pradeep Jaiswal said, "Today is the last day of the (Nath) government. I was elected thrice on a Congress ticket but didn't get a party ticket for the fourth time. I was not given a ticket by the Congress but people collected funds to get me elected."
"I had earlier said I will support as long as there is a Kamal Nath government in the state...I don't have any option now. I will extend support to the new government to ensure development of my constituency," Jaiswal said, PTI reported.
Congress should do some introspection: Shivraj Singh Chouhan
"If a govt topples due to their own internal conflict then we can't do anything. You can see that we were not in the game to form or topple a govt. They (Congress) should do some self introspection that what gave rise to such situation.": Shivraj Singh Chouhan
What happened in MP is blatant killing of democracy in broad day light: Gehlot
What we have witnessed today in #MadhyaPradesh is a blatant killing of Democracy in broad day light. Dismantling the democratically elected govt for the lust of power has become a habit for the BJP.
CM Kamal Nath: The people of this country can see the truth behind the incident where MLAs are being held hostage in Bengaluru...The truth will come out. People will not forgive them.
BJP MLA Sharad Kol resigns
MP Assembly Speaker: I had accepted 16 resignations last night. Now I have also accepted resignation of Sharad Kol (BJP MLA). He had earlier said that he was forcefully made to resign but after looking at his documents&that he didn't meet me personally, it didn't seem like that. pic.twitter.com/L6NQsRGFdF
Will reveal how 16 Congress MLAs were held captive at 12 pm: P C Sharma
PC Sharma, Madhya Pradesh Min: This time they (BJP) didn't do horse trading, they indulged in elephant trading. We'll prove the majority. We have 'Formula 5' with us. Revelations will be done at 12 PM (at MP CM's press conference). It'll be revealed how 16 MLAs were held captive.
Kamal Nath calls for legislative party meet
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath on Friday called for a legislative party meeting at his residence ahead of the floor test in the state Assembly.
Floor test in Madhya Pradesh, numbers favour BJP
At present, the arithmetic of the Assembly seems to be in favour of the BJP, especially after Speaker N.P. Prajapati accepted the resignation of 16 more Congress MLAs on Thursday night.
The Legislative Assembly has 230 MLAs, of which 24 seats are vacant. A majority in the House of 206 MLAs will require the support of 104 MLAs. The BJP has 107 MLAs, and the Congress 92. The Congress has the support of the Samajwadi Party, the Bahujan Samaj Party and Independent MLAs, which totals up to 99.
MP Assembly Speaker accepts resignation of 16 Congress MLAs
Madhya Pradesh Assembly speaker NP Prajapati has accepted the resignations of 16 rebel Congress MLAs who are staying in Bengaluru and had sent their resignations on March 10 to the Speaker.
"The resignations of all the MLAs who are in Bengaluru and are not willing to come back, and who had submitted their resignation on March 10, have been accepted," Madhya Pradesh Assembly Speaker NP Prajapati said. READ ON...
MP political crisis: Will Kamal Nath quit today?
With the Speaker of the Madhya Pradesh Vidhan Sabha Narmada Prasad Prajapati accepting the resignations of the 16 legislators holed up in Bengaluru, it has become clear the Kamal Nath government will quit on Friday.
In a frantic effort to pull off a near impossible win in Friday's floor test, the Congress held three meetings in quick succession till 10.45 p.m.. Would there be a floor test at all? There was no indication of the business list for Saturday's sitting till midnight on Thursday. The Vidhan Sabha Secretariat had kept the proposal for the special session in compliance of Supreme Court directive to begin at 2 p.m. on Friday.
The Speaker's approval for the proposal finally came shortly after Thursday midnight.
The Chief Minister announced his decision to address a press conference at noon on Saturday. This was a clear indication of an impending resignation during the press conference.
MP floor test: Chouhan writes to MP Speaker, requests 'adherence' to SC's directions during floor test
Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister and BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan wrote to state Assembly Speaker NP Prajapati late Thursday night, requesting him to ensure adherence to Supreme Court's directions during the floor test on Friday.
"I request you to ensure adherence to SC's directions for the floor test on March 20. Please ensure that nothing that is in violation of directions occur, that could lead to contempt of court," Chouhan wrote in his letter to Prajapati. READ ON...
Madhya Pradesh floor test: Congress, BJP issue whips to their MLAs
The Congress and BJP have issued whips to their respective legislators to be present in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly on Friday for the floor test of the Kamal Nath-led government.
Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath to address media today
Amid a political crisis in Madhya Pradesh, Chief Minister Kamal Nath is set to address the media today