New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party, on Monday, has challenged the Kamal Nath-led Congress government in Madhya Pradesh and called for a special assembly to prove its majority in the floor of the 230-member house. The BJP claims that Kamal Nath’s government is now in minority and has lost the right to govern the state.
This development comes soon after the exit polls of the just-concluded Lok Sabha election were released, most of which showed the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance is going to retain power at the Centre. The exit polls showed that the BJP was winning around 25 out of the 29 Lok Sabha seats in the state.
Media quoting Gopal Bhargava, senior BJP leader from Madhya Pradesh, as saying he would ask the state governor, Anandiben Patel, to convene a special session of the assembly “to discuss important issues” and “test the Congress governments strength”. He said, “I am writing a letter to the governor for convening a special session of MP Assembly shortly. We want discussion important issues like the farm-loan waiver and to test the (Congress) government’s strength.”
He also said, “There is a lot of confusion prevailing over the stability of the Congress-led government in MP.”
In the 2018 assembly election in Madhya Pradesh, the Congress won 114 seats and the BJP coming a close second with 109. The Bahujan Samaj Party got two seats, the Samajwadi Party one and independents got four seats in the 230-member assembly.