Madhyapradesh crisis | SC to continue hearing BJP’s petition for immediate trust vote
The Supreme Court would resume the hearing on Madhya Pradesh floor test on Thursday at 10.30am.
During the hearing on Wednesday, the apex court said it will not come in the way of the Madhya Pradesh assembly deciding who has the trust of the House, and asked lawyers to assist it in ensuring that 16 rebel Congress lawmakers, who the party says are being held captive by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), get to exercise freedom of choice.
The development, amid a political standoff in the state between the Congress government of chief minister Kamal Nath and the BJP, came on a day Congress leader and the party’s Rajya Sabha candidate from MP, Digvijaya Singh, was detained in Bengaluru when he tried to meet the rebel MLAs in the city.
Later, Singh filed a petition in the Karnataka high court seeking a meeting with the MLAs ahead of the RS election due on March 26. The court refused him interim relief and deferred the case to the same date.
In the Supreme Court, the 16 rebels offered to present themselves in the judges’ chamber but the court rejected the proposal. A bench comprising justices DY Chandrachud and Hemant Gupta said the proposal was not appropriate and also refused to send its registrar general to meet them. The court also said it knows that the 16 rebel MLAs as of now can tilt the balance one way or the other in the assembly.