Posted on March 20, 2020, 12:55 PM IST
With rebel MLA’s and a Scion walking out of the Congress party at the last minute, the grand old party has accepted defeat even before the decisive floor test in Madhya Pradesh.
Chief Minister Kamal Nath has tendered his resignation ahead of the Supreme Court-mandated floor test in the state assembly. Kamal Nath resigned because the Congress did not have the numbers required to prove majority in the house. A defeat in the floor test may have perhaps been more humiliating, hence the resignation.
Addressing a press conference in Bhopal, Kamal Nath said, "Mera kya kasuur tha? (What was my fault)" "The BJP got 15 years to develop the state but it didn't. I got just 15 months of which in two months there was a model code of conduct due to Lok Sabha election," he said.
Accusing the BJP of "conspiring against his government", Kamal Nath said the BJP had been hands in glove in this conspiracy from Day 1. "My government was able to prove majority in the house on three occasions. The BJP could not tolerate it. So, it conspired with a maharaj (Jyotiraditya Scindia) and 22 greedy MLAs and planned to topple my government," Kamal Nath said, adding that the people of Madhya Pradesh won't forgive these "greedy and rebellious" people. "This is not my betrayal, but it is the betrayal of the people of Madhya Pradesh," he said.
With a politically important state like Madhya Pradesh slipping out of its kitty just 15 months after it came to power, ironically after 15 years, the Congress' already dwindling footprints in India's political canvas has shrunk further.
In an attempt to restore normalcy and ascertain who enjoys majority, the Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the Madhya Pradesh Assembly Speaker to conduct a floor test on Friday.
Observing that the state of uncertainty in MP must be "effectively resolved", the Supreme Court ordered Speaker NP Prajapati to reconvene a special session with the "single agenda" before the assembly whether the Congress government continues to enjoy the confidence of the House.
It also directed that voting shall take place by "show of hands" and the proceedings must conclude by 5 pm. "The proceedings before the legislative assembly shall be video-graphed and, if a provision exists for live telecast of the proceedings, this shall in addition be ensured," the court said.