BJP claims Kamal Nath government in Madhya Pradesh has lost majority, urges Governor to convene special assembly session

Bhopal: A day after Exit Poll 2019 forecast return of NDA at Centre, BJP has claimed Kamal Nath government in Madhya Pradesh has lost majority. The party has urged Governor to convene special assembly session

The BJP has requested Madhya Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel to convene a special session of the state assembly, saying the Kamal Nath-led Congress government no longer enjoys majority.

The move comes a day after Lok Sabha exit polls prophesied that the Congress was not likely to make gains in the Hindi heartland, failing to build up on its Assembly poll successes in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Gopal Bhargava said, “We want a debate on important issues like farm loan waiver and (to) test the government strength.”

“The exit polls have proved that the Congress has lost its mandate and in any case, the government is in minority. It was an election to elect Narendra Modi as the prime minister, but it was also a referendum on the work done by the Kamal Nath-led Congress government in the last six months,” Bhargava added.

“You can yourself analyze the current situation. They have the support of one SP MLA, one MLA of BSP and four Independent MLAs. There is dissent within the party,” he said.

‘BJP trying to destabilize Congress government through corrupt practices’

Congress general secretary in-charge of Madhya Pradesh Deepak Babaria said, “The BJP is trying to destabilize the Congress government in Madhya Pradesh through corrupt practices. They are trying to deny the order of people of Madhya Pradesh given in support of the Congress in assembly polls held a few months ago and people will not pardon them for this,” he said.

Congress spokesperson Bhupendra Gupta said, “There is no precedence that debate should be held on Lok Sabha results in the state Assembly. There is no urgency in the state that needs urgent discussion. Also during the election of the speaker, we have proved our majority, so the government is not in a minority.”

The Kamal Nath-led government has 114 members in the 230-member assembly and is supported by four Independents, two BSP MLAs and one Samajwadi Party MLA. The BJP is not far behind with 109 MLAs.

Recently BSP’s Mayawati had threatened to withdraw support to the Congress government in the state after her candidate from Guna Lok Sabha seat joined the Congress and withdrew from the race.