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Sunday, Apr 05, 2020

MP govt crisis LIVE:Even coronavirus can't save govt, says Shivraj Singh Chouhan

The Kamal Nath-led Congress government in Madhya Pradesh plunged into crisis last week following the resignation of 22 MLAs. The Assembly was adjourned till March 26 shortly after the governor's address on Monday without a floor test being held.

By Anubha Rohatgi | Updated: Mar 16, 2020 14:10 IST
MP govt crisis LIVE:Even coronavirus can't save govt, says Shivraj Singh Chouhan
Ex-CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan with BJP MLAs met the governor Lalji Tandon, March 16, 2020 (ANI/ Twitter)

The Madhya Pradesh Assembly was adjourned till March 26 shortly after the governor Lalji Tandon's address on Monday, the first day of the Budget session. With the adjournment, the floor test ordered by the governor on Saturday has been deferred.

The business list of the state assembly for March 16, posted on the state assembly website on Sunday night hadn't mention any floor test on day one.

Chief minister Kamal Nath met the governor late on Sunday night. Asked if the floor test will be conducted on Monday as directed by the governor, the chief minister said the speaker will take a decision on this.

The Congress government in the state plunged into crisis last week following the resignation of 22 MLAs after the former Union minister Jyotiraditya Scindia joined the BJP. The governor on Saturday ordered a floor test. Of the 22 MLAs, the Speaker has accepted the resignations of six legislators, bringing the effective strength of the assembly to 222 with the majority mark at 112.

Before the crisis, the Congress had 114 MLAs, and enjoyed the support of four independent legislators, two MLAs of the Bahujan Samaj Party and one legislator of the Samajwadi Party. The BJP has 107 MLAs.


Here are the live updates

01:40 PM IST

'Have submitted affidavit of 106 MLAs to governor'

We have submitted an affidavit of 106 MLAs to the Governor today. All BJP MLAs were present before him today, says Leader of Opposition, BJP's Gopal Bhargav

01:35 PM IST

'Even coronavirus can't save this govt'

Shivraj Singh Chouhan: Even the coronavirus can't save this (Kamal Nath) govt; The governor has assured us that our constitutional rights will be protected. We have approached Supreme Court.

01:34 PM IST

It is clear BJP has majority: Shivraj Singh Chouhan

Shivraj Singh Chouhan: The government has lost majority; the governor had ordered a floor test; but the CM is evading the floor test.

This govt doesn't have the constitutional right to remain in power even for one second, they fled the scene.

The Congress has only 92 MLAs now; It is clear that the BJP has the majority. We paraded our MLAs in front of him.

01:26 PM IST

'Govt has no right to remain in power': Ex-CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan

Madhya Pradesh BJP legislators on Monday metGovernor Lalji Tandon and requested him to order for the conduct of the floor test at the earliest. Former CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan said, "The government has lost majority and has no right to remain in power".

<p>'Govt has no right to remain in power': Ex-CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan</p>
BJP MLAs, led by ex-chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan met governor (ANI)
01:20 PM IST

'We will prove our majority': CM Kamal Nath dares BJP to bring no-confidence motion

Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath has asked the BJP to bring a no-confidence motion against his government, reports news agency PTI.

"If the BJP is demanding floor test and saying that we don't have majority, they should bring a no-confidence motion against my government. Why are they shying away (from bringing a no-confidence motion). We will prove our majority," Nath told reporters at the state Assembly after the House was adjourned till March 26 amid the Opposition demanding a floor test minutes after the governor's address.

01:00 PM IST

Ex-CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan reaches Raj Bhawan

Former MadhyaPradesh chief minister and BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan along with party MLAs went to Raj Bhawan as the party filed a petition in SC seeking floor test in MP Assembly.

12:44 PM IST

BJP moves Supreme Court seeking floor test

A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court by Bharatiya Janata Party seeking floor test in Madhya Pradesh Assembly: ANI

02:10 PM IST

Oppn MLAs refuse to leave the House

Opposition MLAs continue to remain in the House refusing to leave. Media persons asked to leave.

02:10 PM IST

'Correspondence between you and guv': Speaker to BJP MLAs

Leader of Opposition in MP Assembly Gopal Bhargava, former chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and former minister Narottam Mishra had requested the Speaker to conduct a floor test as directed by the governor. However, speaker said, "Whatever correspondence has taken place is between you and the governor, not with the speaker."

11:50 AM IST

Cong legislature party chief whip speaks of coronavirus outbreak

The House was adjourned after chief whip of Congress legislature party Govind Singh spoke of coronavirus outbreak

11:48 AM IST

Uproarious scenesn in House

The assembly has been adjourned in view of the coronavirus outbreak, reports HT Correspondent. There were uproarious scenes in the House with the Opposition demanding a floor test

11:40 AM IST

MP Assembly adjourned till Mar 26

Madhya Pradesh Assembly adjourned till 26th March

11:38 AM IST

Governor finishes his address in one minute

The governor finished his address to the assembly in one minute and left, reports PTI.

11:31 AM IST

Governor leaves assembly after proceedings begin

Governor Lalji Tandon left shortly after proceedings began in state Assembly, reports ANI. He said, "All must follow the rules under the Constitution so that dignity of Madhya Pradesh remains protected."

11:13 AM IST

'Hope Constitution will be followed': CM Kamal Nath

Chief Minister Kamal Nath wrote to Governor Lalji Tandon today stating, "Hope due procedure and Constitution will be followed", reports news agency ANI.

First published: Mar 16, 2020 07:36 IST