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The Supreme Court today issued notice in a petition filed by BJP MLAs from Madhya Pradesh seeking a direction to conduct a floor test in the state assembly.
Keeping in view the urgency of the matter, the Court has issued notice to the parties and will take up the matter for hearing tomorrow.
Notice has been issued to the Speaker of the Assembly and Chief Minister Kamal Nath, among others. The Court has directed for the notice to be served via email, WhatsApp, as well as dasti order through the state's standing counsel.
Additionally, 16 rebel MLAs have also sought to be impleaded as parties in the case.
Senior Counsel Mukul Rohatgi represented the BJP leaders, while Senior Counsel Maninder Singh represented the rebel MLAs.
Filed by Chouhan and nine other BJP MLAs, the petition claims that the Congress government no longer holds the majority in the state. It is contended that on account of the resignation of 22 MLAs of the ruling Congress party, out of which 6 have been accepted by Speaker, the Kamal Nath government has been reduced to a minority.
Subsequent to the resignation of the MLAs Madhya Pradesh Governor Lalji Tandon sent to a letter to Chief Minister Kamal Nath directing him to conduct a floor test and prove his majority.
The petitioners moved the Supreme Court, claiming that the direction of the Governor has been intentionally and wilfully defied.
On these grounds, among others, the petitioners prayed that the Supreme Court direct the Kamal Nath government to conduct a floor test within 12 hours of passing an order to that effect.