BJP Asks Kamal Nath to Prove Majority in MP, Congress Hits Back

BJP said that they’re sending a letter to the Governor and requesting an Assembly session.

Updated21 May 2019, 10:53 AM IST
Elections
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A day after the Congress accused the BJP of attempting to destabilise the Kamal Nath government in Madhya Pradesh through use of "corrupt practices," the chief minister on Tuesday, 21 May, said that MLAs are getting phone calls where they are being "offered money and posts."

Nath, however, didn't clarify which party is offering money to its MLAs.

Earlier on 20 May, the chief minister had said that the BJP have been trying this since day one adding that “they (Congress) have proved majority four times in last five months.”

He had further said that by doing this, BJP "are trying to negate the mandate of the people of the state."

This was reiterated by Congress General Secretary in-Charge of Madhya Pradesh Deepak Babariya, who said the people of the state had rejected the BJP and voted them out in the Assembly elections.

“The BJP is trying to destabilise the Congress government in Madhya Pradesh through corrupt practices. They are trying to negate the mandate of the people of Madhya Pradesh given in favour of the Congress in Assembly elections held a few months ago and people will not forgive them for this.”
Deepak Babariya, Congress general secretary 

Should Prove Majority, Sending Letter to Guv: BJP

The BJP in Madhya Pradesh said the Kamal Nath-led Congress government in the state should prove majority in the Assembly.

Speaking to ANI, Leader of Opposition Gopal Bhargava said, “We are sending a letter to Governor Anandiben Pate, requesting an Assembly session as there are a lot of issues.”

The BJP’s demand comes a day after exit polls predicted a comfortable victory for the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections. Bhargava also told PTI that the party wants discussion on important issues like the farm loan waiver and (to) test the government strength.

He said the Congress, instead of debating issues in the House, was dumping papers at former Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s residence, claiming that loans of 21 lakh farmers in Madhya Pradesh have been waived.

MP Assembly Elections 2018

In elections for the 230-member Assembly in 2018, the Congress won 114 seats and the BJP came a close second with 109. The Bahujan Samaj Party has two seats, the Samajwadi Party one and the Independents four seats.

The Congress had captured power from the BJP after the Assembly polls. Two short of the majority mark on its own, the Congress has the support of BSP and SP in the House.

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Published: 20 May 2019, 09:03 AM IST
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