The Asian Age

Rebel MLAs hold key to MP govt fate

■ Congress govt plunged into crisis after 22 rebel MLAs resign from the party


Bhopal, March 19: After the Supreme Court directed holding of a lloor test in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly on Friday, everything hinges on the decision about resignatio­ns of rebel Congress MLAs whose action triggered a political crisis in the state.

The Supreme Court on Thursday directed Assembly Speaker N.P. Prajapati to convene a special session on Friday for conducting the floor test which must conclude by 5 pm.

The Kamal Nath-led Congress government plunged into crisis after the resignatio­ns of 22 rebel MLAs of the ruling Congress earlier this month.

Resignatio­ns of six of them have been accepted by the Speaker, while a decision is pending on the remaining 16 Congress legislator­s.

In the 230-member Assembly, the current strength of the Congress is 108 (resignatio­ns of 16 of its legislator­s is on hold).

If these 16 resignatio­ns are accepted by the speaker or if these MLAs abstain during assembly proceeding, the number of Congress members will be reduced to 92.

On the other hand, the Opposition BJP has 107 members in the House.

The BJP had paraded 106 legislator­s before the governor on Monday.

One of its MLAs, Narayan Tripathi, was absent during the parade and was seen with Congress MLAs after Assembly proceeding­s that day.

The overall strength of the House has been reduced to 222 after the resignatio­ns of six MLAs were accepted by the Speaker. Two seats are lying vacant.

The BSP has two MLAs, while the SP has one and there are four independen­ts legislator­s.

All these MLAs BSP, SP and independen­tshad extended their support to the Congress during the formation of government in December 2018.

In the current situation, the majority mark is 112.

In case of acceptance of resignatio­ns of 16 rebel Congress legislator­s, the overall House strength will drop to 206.

If 16 MLAs currently staying in Bengaluru abstain, the majority mark in the House will fall to 104.

 ?? — PTI ?? BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan plays cricket amid Madhya Pradesh political turmoil in Bhopal.
— PTI BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan plays cricket amid Madhya Pradesh political turmoil in Bhopal.

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