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BJP demands special session of Madhya Pradesh Assembly

Leader of the Opposition in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly Gopal Bhargav said he was writing a letter to the Governor to call a special session of the Assembly because people had lost confidence in the state's Kamal Nath government.

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Updated: May 21, 2019, 08.24 AM IST
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BJP rush to governor in Madhya Pradesh, claims Congress government is in minority
BJP rush to governor in Madhya Pradesh, claims Congress government is in minority
NEW DELHI: Madhya Pradesh BJP has asked Governor Anandiben Patel to convene a special session of the state assembly to discuss “burning and immediate” issues. The letter comes a day after exit polls predicted NDA’s return to power at the Centre. Leader of opposition Gopal Bhargava said the assembly needed to discuss issues such as ‘water crisis’, law and order ‘problems’ and farm distress, but he later told Press Trust of India that BJP also wanted to test the strength of the Kamal Nath government.

“I have written to the governor to convene a special session of the MP assembly shortly. We want discussion on important issues like farm loan waiver and test the government’s strength,” Bhargav told PTI. He alleged several Congress leaders were “unhappy and ready to cross over”, which would reduce the Nath government to a minority. The Congress won 114 of the total 230 assembly seats in 2018 polls and secured the support of 2 BSP, 1 SP and 4 Independent MLAs. One of the BSP MLAs later joined the Congress, prompting party chief Mayawati to warn Nath that she may withdraw support to the government. BJP has 109 MLAs.

The opposition can submit a notice of ‘no confidence’ to the House Speaker if it has the numbers and wishes to bring down the government.

Reacting to the BJP ‘threat’, chief minister Kamal Nath told Asian News International “they have been trying this (destabilise the government) since day one. I have proved majority at least 4 times in the last 5 months. They want us to do it again; we have no problem. They’ll try their best to destabilise the present government to save themselves from getting exposed. The government is ready for a floor test.”

Bhargava, however, said matters of public interest could not be taken up during the assembly session which ended on February 18. His letter does not mention that the BJP wanted Nath to prove his strength on the floor of the House. The Congress alleged that BJP was trying to destabilise the state government through “unfair and corrupt practices.”

Congress general secretary Deepak Babariya said people would not forgive BJP for “trying to negate the mandate” in the state. BJP state president Rakesh Singh said “theirs is a minority government standing on crutches. It’ll collapse due to its internal conflicts.” Before announcement of Lok Sabha polls, BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya had said that the Nath government was at the “mercy” of BJP.

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