Bhopal, March 14 (IANS) Amid the ongoing political drama in Madhya Pradesh, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) delegation met Governor Lalji Tandon on Saturday and demanded a floor test before his address to the House and the budget session of the Assembly.
After meeting the Governor, former Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said: “There is a minority government in the state, so there should be a floor test ahead of Governor’s address and budget session.”
The BJP demanded that the voting should not be by a show of hands and the whole process should be filmed.
The BJP delegation included Leader of Opposition Gopal Bhargava and former Ministers Narottam Mishra and Bhupendra Singh.
Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh Assembly Speaker N.P. Prajapati has indicated that action might be taken against two or three rebel MLAs out of the 22 who had resigned.
Prajapati on Saturday gave notice to seven rebel Congress MLAs to appear before him to discuss their resignations but they didn’t turn up. The six rebel Congress MLAs who were asked to appear before him on Friday also didn’t turn up.
Prajapati had asked the six MLAs to appear before him again on Saturday but none of the 13 MLAs turned up as the Speaker kept waiting for them for nearly three hours.
Speaking to mediapersons, Prajapati said: “I kept waiting for the seven MLAs, who were given time today, and for the six MLAs who didn’t come on Friday, at the Assembly Secretariat. Now, I will work as per the legal process.”
“Two or three serious issues of legislators have come before me. Based on the papers that have been received, I am considering whether to keep them or remove them,” he added.