The Asian Age

Nath govt on its way out, Shivraj on floor test order


Bhopal, March 19: BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Thursday hailed the Supreme Court judgement on holding a floor test in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly and said the Kamal Nath-led Congress government’s fall is imminent.

Leader of Opposition Gopal Bhargava and state BJP president V.D. Sharma also welcomed the judgement.

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

A Bench, headed by Justice D.Y. Chandrachu­d, also ordered video recording and possible live streaming of the Assembly proceeding­s when the Kamal Nath-led Congress government undertakes the floor test.

“Truth has prevailed, attempts to lure away MLAs by all means proved futile,” Mr Chouhan said, reacting to the SC order. This is a “defeat of plans” of chief minister Kamal Nath and senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh, the BJP vice- president said.

“The government will not be able to clear the floor test. We have full faith that this government will fall in the floor test. It will make things crystal clear, the former chief minister said while talking to reporters here.

After the fall of ways this government, will be cleared for formation of a new government in the state, Mr Chouhan added.

State BJP president V.D.Sharma also welcomed the judgement, saying it has “totally exposed” Mr Nath and his government.

Senior BJP legislator Bhargava said, We welcome this decision. Governor Lalji Tandon had given a similar directive to the chief minister. This will uphold democratic traditions and check horse-trading.”

Asked if the rebel Congress MLAs currently lodged in Bengaluru will come here to participat­e in the House proceeding­s, Mr Bhargava said, This will depend on them and how secure they are feeling.

“When a leader like Jyotiradit­ya Scindia (former Union minister who has joined BJP) can be attacked, how can they feel secure. Their participat­ion depends on their will.

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