Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath today announced that he is tendering his resignation, hours ahead of the scheduled floor test. "I have decided to tender my resignation to the Governor today," he said while addressing a press conference in Bhopal. He accused the BJP of 'murdering democracy' and plotting to pull down his government. It was speculated that the CM is expected to make an important announcement.
On Thursday, the Supreme Court had ordered a floor test in the state Assembly to be held on Friday.
The government plunged into crisis after exit of 22 MLAs followed by former union minister Jyotiraditya Scindia. It will take a floor test at 2 pm today. Both the Congress and the BJP have issued the crucial whip for their MLAs.
The Assembly Secretariat has called the session at 2 pm on the direction of the Supreme Court.
At present, the arithmetic of the Assembly seems to be in favour of the BJP, especially after Speaker N.P. Prajapati accepted the resignation of 16 more Congress MLAs on Thursday night.
The Legislative Assembly has 230 MLAs, of which 24 seats are vacant. A majority in the House of 206 MLAs will require the support of 104 MLAs. The BJP has 107 MLAs, and the Congress 92. The Congress has the support of the Samajwadi Party, the Bahujan Samaj Party and Independent MLAs, which totals up to 99.
-With Agency inputs