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Shivraj Singh government wins trust vote in Madhya Pradesh Assembly

Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh.

Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh.   | Photo Credit: Sandeep Saxena

BSP, SP and two independent MLAs vote in favour of govt.

The Shivraj Singh Chouhan government in Madhya Pradesh secured the trust of 112 MLAs, including the legislators of the Samajwadi Party (SP), the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and two Independents, in the Vidhan Sabha on Tuesday to pass the trust vote. 

Mr. Chouhan, who took oath as the Chief Minister on Monday, moved a confidence motion in the House, which was unanimously passed. The 92 Congress MLAs were not present at the session, which was adjourned to March 27 after the vote. 

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“Our entire focus is on tackling the Coronavirus,” Mr. Chouhan said later. “However, it is a constitutional necessity to secure the trust vote, which we did today, so that with full force we can combat the disease now.”

BSP MLAs Rambai Parihar and Sanjeev Kushwah, independents Surendra Singh Shera and Rana Vikram Singh and SP MLA Rajesh Shukla, who had previously backed the Kamal Nath government, also voted in favour of Mr. Chouhan. The remaining two independent MLAs were not present. 

Although the SP had issued a whip to its MLA for the March 16 Assembly session, this time it didn’t issue one. Three days ago, SP president Akhilesh Yadav attacked the BJP saying, “The BJP has murdered democracy in Madhya Pradesh.” 

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BSP chief Mayawati has suspended the party membership of Ms. Parihar in December last for violating the party’s stand by supporting the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. 

Congress MLA and former Minister Jitu Patwari had said, “The notification for the session was issued at 12.07 a.m.. When there is lockdown and curfew, then how can MLAs reach the Assembly at such a short notice?”

On Monday night, Speaker N.P. Prajapati tendered his resignation to the Deputy Speaker. In his resignation letter, he wrote that he was resigning on moral grounds.

Nath questions urgency

Former Chief Minister Kamal Nath questioned the urgency with which the session was called. “On the one hand, several decisions such as imposing a lockdown and curfew have been taken in view of the Coronavirus, and on the other, the decision by the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government around night to flout its own measures to call for a Vidhan Sabha session during a curfew is beyond my understanding,” he wrote on Twitter.

He also wrote that as there was time to secure trust vote, why this urgency. “Why these double standards in tackling the Coronavirus?” 

The Congress postponed its legislature party meeting scheduled for Wednesday until further notice. 

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