MP political drama: Heavens won’t fall if Kamal Nath Govt continues till bypolls, Congress tells SC

Political News, Nation, (New Delhi), March 18:-The Madhya Pradesh Congress sought in the Supreme Court on Wednesday that the trust vote in the state assembly be deferred till bypolls for the vacant seats are concluded, saying “heavens are not going to fall” if its government led by Kamal Nath is allowed to remain in office till then.

A bench, comprising Justices DY Chandrachud and Hemant Gupta, was hearing cross petitions filed by former Madhya Pradesh chief minister and senior BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan and MP Congress on the ongoing political crisis in the state after 22 rebel MLAs of the ruling combine purportedly offered to resign.

“Heavens are not going to fall if Congress government is allowed to continue till bypolls and the Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s government must not be saddled on the people,” said senior advocate Dushyant Dave, appearing for Congress.

“Let them face re-elections and then hold trust vote… You (BJP) have engineered it. My petition raises the frontal attack that you have launched a conspiracy,” he said.

Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Chouhan, vociferously opposed the submission saying that the party which killed the democracy by imposing emergency in 1975 is now referring to “lofty ideals” of BR Ambedkar.

He said after the resignations of 22 Congress MLAs, out of which six resignations have been accepted, the state government should not be allowed to continue even for a day.

“It is lust of power because of which all these lofty arguments are being made.

“It is unheard of that a person who had lost majority says that he wants to continue for six months and there should be re-election before the trust vote.

Rohatgi said the Kamal Nath government wanted to stay in power by hook or crook.

Earlier in the day, the Madhya Pradesh Congress told the bench that a probe is needed on the resignation letters of its rebel MLAs that have been submitted by BJP leaders to the Speaker of the state Assembly.

Dave said the Governor has no business to send messages at night asking the Chief Minister or Speaker to hold floor test.

“The Speaker is the ultimate master and the Madhya Pradesh Governor is overriding him,” he said.

The party alleged that resignations of its rebel MLAs were extracted by force and coercion and they did not act as per their free will.

It also said that its rebel MLAs were taken away in chartered flights and are currently incommunicado in a resort arranged by the BJP.

The Madhya Pradesh Congress Legislature party (MPCLP) had Tuesday moved the Supreme Court seeking direction to the Centre and the BJP-led Karnataka government to grant it access to communicate with its rebel MLAs allegedly kept at Bengaluru.

After the Speaker accepted the resignation of six Congress MLAs on Saturday, the party now has 108 legislators.

These include 16 rebel legislators who have also put in their papers but their resignations are yet to be accepted.

The BJP has 107 seats in the House, which now has an effective strength of 222, with the majority mark being 112.

-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)

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