Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath on Monday asserted that his government had no hesitation in proving its majority.
Nath said this after Leader of Opposition in the state assembly and BJP leader Gopal Bhargava urged Governor Anandiben Patel to convene a special session of the House claiming the Congress government in the state did not enjoy majority in the House.
Nath said: “In the past five months we have proved our majority in the election of the Speaker, the Deputy Speaker, passing the demand for grants and the budget. We have proved our majority four times.”
Attacking the BJP, the Chief Minister said, “They (BJP) are worried that scams during their 15-year rule will now come out. In a bid to conceal these, they want to disturb the present government.”
The Congress might hasten the expansion of the Ministry by inducting members from the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Samajwadi Party (SP) to neutralise the opposition’s challenge.
The expansion planned early in March was postponed in view of the model code of conduct put in place for the Lok Sabha elections. BSP’s Sanjeev Singh Kushwaha, SP’s Rajesh Shukla and Independent MLA Surendra Singh are likely to get berths.
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.
Chief Minister Kamal Nath, however, indicated that the matter was resolved, saying, “Mayawati’s party has the same goal as us, which is the exit of the BJP”.