MP political crisis: CM Kamal Nath announces resignation ahead of floor test

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BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath announced resignation ahead of the Supreme Court-mandated floor test in the state assembly. 

 

Kamal Nath resigned as the Congress did not have the numbers required to prove majority in the house.

On Thursday, the Supreme Court had ordered a floor test in the state Assembly to be held on Friday.

The top court was hearing the petition filed by former chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and other BJP leaders, seeking floor test in Madhya Pradesh Assembly. They claimed that the Congress government in the state has lost the majority.

"I have decided to tender my resignation to the Governor. But I will continue to work for the welfare of the people," he said while addressing a press conference in Bhopal.

"Over the last 15 months, I have worked for the progress of Madhya Pradesh. BJP got 15 years but I only got 15 months”, he said.

He also accused the BJP of holding Congress's MLAs captive in Karnataka in order to topple the government in the state.

“From day one, BJP began plotting. The party also held our MLAs captive in Karnataka. 22 of our MLAs were held captive in Bengaluru. This was politics spending crores of rupees. The truth will come out. People will not forgive them" he said. 

Earlier the day, assembly Speaker NP Prajapati said that he has accepted the resignations of 16 rebel Congress MLAs ahead of the scheduled floor test in the state assembly

An axe was hanging over the Madhya Pradesh government after 22 Congress MLAs tendered their resignation after Jyotiraditya Scindia quit the party and joined the BJP.

The Madhya Pradesh government has a wafer-thin majority in 230-membered House. It has 114 Congress legislators and the support of four Independents, two BSP MLAs and one SP MLA. Meanwhile, the BJP has 107 members. 

However, the resignations of 22 Congress MLAs have reduced the party’s strength to 92, and the government’s support to 99.

 

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