MP twist: Kamal Nath says floor test not possible

Bhopal, Mar 16 (PTI): Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath today wrote to State Governor Lalji Tandon stating that holding of a floor test in the Assembly was not possible in view of some MLAs of the Congress being held in ”captivity” by the BJP with the help of Karnataka Police.

”I would like you to recall that when I met you on March 13, 2020, I had brought to your notice that BJP has kept many Congress MLAs as captive under the control of Karnataka Police and they were forced to give different types of statements. I have clarified that in such a situation holding any floor test has no meaning and it will be undemocratic and unconstitutional,” Nath stated.

Earlier in the day, Governor Tandon finished his customary address to the Legislative Assembly on the first day of the Budget session within a minute and left the House.

Before leaving the House, the Governor urged the legislators to follow the Constitutional traditions, maintain dignity of democracy and act peacefully in the current situation prevailing in the State.

Madhya Pradesh Assembly was then adjourned till 26 March amid ruckus over floor test demand.

Many legislators could be seen wearing protecting masks in view of the novel coronavirus scare. These masks were provided by the state Assembly Secretariat as announced earlier by Speaker NP Prajapati.