MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan wins floor test, Cong MLAs shun session

Chouhan was sworn in as the MP CM, days after Kamal Nath stepped down owing to the reduction of his government into a minority

Shivraj Singh Chouhan flew to New Delhi on Sunday to hold consultations with the central BJP leadership over the much-talked about cabinet expansion.

Shivraj Singh Chouhan, the newly-sworn in Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh passed the floor test in the state Assembly on Tuesday (March 24) by a voice vote, a day after assuming office.

Not a single member of the opposition Congress was present in the Assembly.

As the special session of the state Assembly began, Chouhan moved a one-line proposal to seek trust of the House, which was endorsed by members through the voice vote.
Senior BJP MLA Jagdish Devda, one of the members of the Speaker’s panel, was on the chair of Speaker.

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After Chouhan passed the floor test, the House was adjourned till March 27.

In the morning, the BJP issued whip to its MLAs to support the trust vote.

A new BJP government under the chief ministership of Chouhan was formed, as Congress leader and former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamala Nath stepped down last week, after his government lost the majority in the house. The 22 Congress MLAs, loyalists of former MLA Jyotiraditya Scindia, whose resignation was instrumental in the fall of the Kamal Nath government joined the BJP after Nath resigned.

Chouhan, 61, is back as Madhya Pradesh chief minister for a record fourth term.

(With inputs from agencies)

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