Ready to face floor test, says Kamal Nath after BJP claims Madhya Pradesh govt is in minority

Bhopal: Chief Minister Kamal Nath on Monday said his government is ready for a floor test in the Assembly to prove that his is a majority government in the state.

"BJP is just trying to disturb the government in the state to save itself from getting exposed. For long, the BJP has been trying this. We have proved our majority at least four times in the last five months. BJP wants us to prove majority again. We have no problem," he said.

Nath's reaction comes close on the heels of Leader of Opposition Gopal Bhargava's letter to Governor Anandiben Patel, urging her to convene the Assembly session soon to discuss pressing issues like drinking water, law and order situation, and non-payment of farmers' dues.

Asked to react to the exit polls projecting BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to retain power at the Centre, he said: "These exit polls are for the BJP's entertainment. There is no truth in all this. It is a matter of three days when the results will be out."

 Ready to face floor test, says Kamal Nath after BJP claims Madhya Pradesh govt is in minority

File image of Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath. Reuters

BJP leader and MP Rakesh Singh has alleged that Nath is heading a minority Congress government in the state, which will not stand the test of time.

"In Madhya Pradesh, the BJP will win 26 of 29 seats. However, I would like to say that the state government in Madhya Pradesh is a minority government. It is an unstable government. People are not having trust in this government. The Congress party is facing infighting."

Earlier, Bhargava also said Nath-led Congress government in the state would fall on its own.

"You can analyse the current situation. They have the support of one SP MLA, one MLA of BSP and four Independent MLAs. There is a lot of bickering within the party," he said

"For some, the Congress government is of two and a half chief ministers; for some three chief ministersand for others of 3.5 chief ministers. There is widespread anarchy in the state under the current dispensation," said Bhargava.

"This government will fall on its own. I don't believe in horse-trading but I feel the government's time has come. It will have to go soon," he said.

He also spoke about the leadership crisis in the Congress.

"You can see the Congress has a leadership crisis as well. This is the main reason for the Congress' decline. We are winning in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh just after six months that we lost in the Assembly polls, all because of the Congress' false promises and faulty policies," he said.

It is worth mentioning the BJP has written to Governor Anandiben Patel to call a special session of the Assembly "keeping in mind the people's aspirations and other current issues" the state is faced with.

The 231-member Madhya Pradesh Assembly has 113 Congress members and 109 BJP members. The ruling coalition is led by the Congress party, supported by two MLAs of SP-BSP, and four Independent MLAs.

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Updated Date: May 20, 2019 22:54:45 IST