MP crisis: Congress moves SC seeking access to rebel MLAs in Bengaluru

The plea by Congress said the trust vote should be held in presence of all elected MLAs of the state

Madhya Pradesh MLAs
Rebel Congress MLAs of Madhya Pradesh show their resignation letter | PTI File

The Madhya Pradesh unit of the Congress approached the Supreme Court on Tuesday (March 17) seeking direction to the Centre and the Karnataka government to grant it access to communicate with its rebel MLAs who are camping in Bengaluru.

This comes after the top court asked the Kamal Nath government to respond by Wednesday to a plea by senior BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan seeking immediate floor test in the state assembly.

The state Congress unit, in its plea, urged the apex court to declare as illegal the action of the Centre, the Karnataka government and the BJP’s state unit of illegally confining its MLAs in Bangaluru. It also sought a direction for allowing its rebel MLAs to participate in ongoing budget session.

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The trust vote should be held only in the presence of all the duly elected MLAs of the state Assembly, said the plea filed by MLA Govind Singh, the chief whip of Congress legislature party in the assembly.

It said the communications of Governor Lalji Tandon asking the government to hold trust vote be declared as “illegal and unconstitutional”.

Following the resignation of 22 Congress MLAs, the BJP believes the Kamal Nath government in Madhya Pradesh is in minority. However, Chief Minister Kamal Nath claimed on Tuesday his government still enjoys majority in the assembly, and ruled out holding a floor test.

(With inputs from agencies)

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