Hearing the political crisis in Madhya Pradesh, the Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the assembly speaker why he was delaying the decision on the resignation of the Congress MLAs and how long the decision would be taken. On this, the speaker’s lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi said, he will be able to tell in this regard on Thursday. After a four-hour debate on a petition filed by the BJP to direct the Kamal Nath government to conduct an immediate majority test, a hearing will be held again at 10:30 am on Thursday.
A bench of Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice Hemant Gupta asked the speaker, “Why have you not accepted the resignation of 16 MLAs?” Could not reject if not satisfied. On March 16, Justice Chandrachud asked the postponement of the budget session of the assembly and asked, how will the state function if the budget is not passed? “We cannot decide who has the majority in the house,” the bench said. This is the work of the legislature. We have to discharge our duties as a constitutional court.
The counsel for the petitioners, Mukul Rohatgi, said the government is in a minority after the resignation. At the same time, Singhvi said, resignation is a ploy to avoid the defection law. The resignations of all the MLAs were of two lines. Most were written by one person. Madhya Pradesh Congress has filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court, demanding access to 16 rebel MLAs who were allegedly imprisoned by the BJP.