BJP to seek floor test on March 16 in Madhya Pradesh Assembly
The BJP in Madhya Pradesh will seek a floor test on March 16 in the wake of 22 Congress MLAs resigning in the state, a senior BJP leader said on Thursday.
The 15-month-old Kamal Nath-led government has been facing deep crisis following the resignation of 22 Congress MLAs after former Union minister Jyotiraditya Scindia quit the party on Tuesday.
'Since the government is in minority, we are going to request the governor and the Assembly speaker for a floor test on March 16 when the state budget session begins,' BJP's chief whip in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly Narottam Mishra told reporters in Bhopal.
'The governor and the speaker have the resignations of 22 MLAs. Now, it is up to them to take a call,' he said.
'This government has lost majority,' senior BJP leader and former chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said.
The Congress has a wafer thin majority in the 228-member Assembly. Before the rebellion, its tally was 114.
It also has the support of four Independents, two BSP MLAs and one from the SP, but some may now switch sides to the BJP.
If the resignations of the 22 MLAs are accepted, the strength of the Assembly will fall to 206.
The Congress, on its own, will then be left with 92 seats, while the BJP has 107 seats with the magic number for a majority being 104.
A day earlier, senior Congress leader Digivijaya Singh, however, said that 13 out of the 22 rebel MLAs have given an assurance that 'they are not leaving the Congress,' expressing confidence that the Kamal Nath-led government in the state will win a floor test.