[Breaking] Madhya Pradesh Political Crisis: Supreme Court directs Floor Test to be held on March 20
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[Breaking] Madhya Pradesh Political Crisis: Supreme Court directs Floor Test to be held on March 20

Shruti Mahajan

In the case relating to the political crisis in Madhya Pradesh, the Supreme Court today directed for a floor test to be conducted at the state legislative assembly on March 20 by 5PM (Shivraj Singh Chouhan v. Speaker Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly).

The order was passed by a Bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and Hemant Gupta.

The order passed today states:

“The state of uncertainty in the State of Madhya Pradesh must be effectively resolved by issuing a direction for convening a floor test, bearing in mind the principles which have been enunciated in the decision of the nine-Judge Bench of this Court in S R Bommai v Union of India and in the decision of the Constitution Bench in Nabam Rebia v Deputy Speaker, Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly. These principles have been consistently reiterated in several subsequent decisions of this Court...”

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The Bench also issued the following directions:

  • Session of Madhya Pradesh Assembly which was deferred shall reconvene on March 20

  • Meeting should be confined to one agenda - floor test

  • Voting on agenda shall take place by show of hands

  • Proceedings before the Assembly shall be videographed

  • All authorities shall ensure there is no breach of law and order and that floor test is conducted peacefully

  • Floor test to be concluded by 5 PM

  • DG of Karnataka Police and DG of Madhya Pradesh Police shall ensure that the rights of the rebel MLAs shall not be restrained and that security is provided to them

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