The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued notices to Madhya Pradesh Assembly speaker NP Prajapati and Chief Minister Kamal Nath on a petition filed by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
The BJP has sought direction from the apex court for holding the trust vote in Madhya Pradesh after the Speaker abruptly adjourned the Assembly for ten days on Monday.
The top court, however, said that it will hear the matter on Wednesday at 10:30 am by the bench of justices DY Chandrachud and Hemant Gupta.
Prajapati had cited the outbreak of coronavirus as the official reason for adjourning the House till March 26, but the BJP immediately moved the Supreme Court after Monday’s development.
The petitioners – former chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and nine other BJP leaders – said that they are approaching the apex court as the Speaker and Madhya Pradesh chief minister have violated the constitutional principles and have deliberately and willfully defied the directions issued by Governor Lalji Tandon on March 14, requiring Kamal Nath to prove his majority on the floor of Madhya Pradesh legislative assembly.
The Assembly was adjourned shortly after the Governor’s address. The Governor later wrote a letter to Chief Minister Kamal Nath directing him to conduct the floor test on March 17.
The Congress, meanwhile, said that it is not afraid of the floor test, but wants the Speaker to decide on it.
Before the crisis, the Congress had 114 MLAs, and enjoyed the support of four independent legislators, two MLAs of the Bahujan Samaj Party and one legislator of the Samajwadi Party. The BJP has 107 MLAs.