Madhya Pradesh Political Crisis: How does Court ensure that there is free exercise of choice by MLAs? SC adjourns matter to tomorrow
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Madhya Pradesh Political Crisis: How does Court ensure that there is free exercise of choice by MLAs? SC adjourns matter to tomorrow

Shruti Mahajan

The Supreme Court continued hearing the petition filed by BJP leaders seeking a direction for a floor test in the background of the Madhya Pradesh political crisis.

After hearing the parties, the Bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and Hemant Gupta adjourned the matter till tomorrow.

During the morning session, Senior Advocate Dushyant Dave made his submissions for the Madhya Pradesh Congress. After taking the Court through the chain of events surrounding the Madhya Pradesh political crisis, he blamed the BJP for indulging in complete destruction of Constitutional Morality.

Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the BJP MLAs who filed the petition seeking a floor test, resumed his arguments during the post-lunch session.

At the outset, Rohatgi cited the various judgments to say that the Governor is required to give a report to the President if former finds that a state is not functioning in accordance with the Constitution. He said,

"If the Governor comes to a prima facie conclusion that there is no majority enjoyed, he may advise for floor test to be held."

Rohatgi submitted that the Court had to decide a very limited issue in the present case - the alternatives that the Governor should consider before proposing President's Rule under Article 356.

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