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Madhya Pradesh CM calls cabinet meeting in Bhopal

PTI Bhopal | Updated on March 15, 2020 Published on March 15, 2020

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The government to seek a trust vote in the Assembly on Monday as per the directive of the Governor.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath has called a cabinet meeting here on Sunday, in the wake of state Governor Lalji Tandon’s direction to his government to seek a trust vote in the Assembly on Monday.

The meeting is likely to begin at 11 am, sources said.

The cabinet is likely to discuss the governor’s letter sent on Saturday night, in which he asked the government to seek a trust vote in the Assembly soon after his (governor’s) address on March 16, they said.

 

Meanwhile, the Congress MLAs, who were camping in Jaipur, are likely to return to Bhopal by noon, sources added.

On Saturday, the Assembly Speaker had accepted the resignations of six ministers, out of the total 22 rebel Congress legislators. With this, the strength of the House has come down to 222, with the majority mark 112.

The resignations of 16 other rebel legislators, who are in Bengaluru, have not been accepted yet.

BJP issues whip

Madhya Pradesh BJP Legislature Party on Sunday issued a whip to all its MLAs to remain present in the House during the Assembly session that begins on Monday, and vote in favour of party during the trust vote.

The whip was issued by BJP chief whip and MLA Narottam Mishra.

The chief whip told the party MLAs to vote in favour of the BJP during the floor test.

BJP MLAs are currently staying at a resort in Gurugram (Haryana).

Congress MLAs return from Jaipur

Hours after Madhya Pradesh Governor Lalji Tandon directed Chief Minister Kamal Nath to seek a trust vote in the Assembly on March 16, the Congress MLAs, who had been camping in Jaipur, returned to Bhopal on Sunday.

Talking to PTI, a Congress MLA confirmed that the party legislators have returned to the state capital from Rajasthan.

The Congress expressed confidence that it will prove its majority in the House. At the same time, the opposition BJP claimed that the ruling dispensation had been reduced to a minority as 22 of its MLAs have resigned.

“We are confident of proving our majority,” state Public Relations Minister P C Sharma said.

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Published on March 15, 2020
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