Congress counters BJP's Supreme Court move over floor test
New Delhi : The Congress party on Tuesday countered the Bharatiya Janata Party in Supreme Court with a petition claiming that the floor test cannot be held in Madhya Pradesh as 16 of its lawmakers have been kept captive.
"The floor test can happen only when all the elected lawmakers are present in the Assembly," the Congress said in its petition.
The Congress party also claimed that 22 of its legislators have resigned and the trust vote can be held only after a by-election on those constituencies.
The petition has been filed by Congress’ chief whip Govind Singh against BJP-ruled central and Karnataka governments. The ruling party has asked the Supreme Court to intervene in the matter and asked it to pass a law to prevent the "blatant abuse of power" and "subversion of democracy" by the BJP.
Meanwhile, the BJP has claimed that the ruling Congress party has come to a minority after the resignation of 22 MLAs and wants a trust vote in the Assembly.
The Assembly’s budget session began on Monday but was curtailed by Speaker NP Prajapati over coronavirus fears. The House was adjourned till March 26, and trust vote delayed, after which the BJP moved Supreme Court seeking direction to the state government to hold the trust vote.