20 May 2019
Madhya Pradesh: Congress' government is in minority, BJP tells Governor
The Bharatiya Janata Party, which ruled the central state for 15 years, has written to Governor Anandiben Patel claiming that Nath's government doesn't have a majority.
The party wants Patel to call a special session.
Backstory: Congress failed to get majority despite anti-incumbency
The December 11 results of assembly polls brought a sigh of relief for Congress. In the 230-member strong assembly, Congress won 114 seats, when the majority mark was 116. With the help of SP and BSP, Congress formed the government.
Meanwhile, BJP won 109 seats under Shivraj Singh Chouhan's leadership, despite anti-incumbency.
While Congress celebrated the win, it wasn't really a victory.
BJP leader explained why they want a special session
In the letter to Patel, Leader of Opposition and BJP member Gopal Bhargava wrote, "I am writing a letter to the Governor for convening a special session of MP Assembly shortly."
He added the Opposition wanted to discuss important issues like farm loan waivers and also test the strength of Kamal Nath's government.
Meanwhile, Chouhan said they won't try to bring down the government.
Earlier, Mayawati has said she might withdraw support
Notably, politics in MP has become a bone of contention between BSP and Congress.
Last month, BSP's Lokendra Singh Rajput switched sides and joined Congress saying he supports Scindia.
BSP chief Mayawati fumed at this and said she might reconsider her support to Nath. Later, Nath said, "Mayawati's party has the same goal as us... that is the exit of the BJP."
Divide in MP Congress has gained limelight recently
After BJP claimed MP government doesn't have the numbers, Congress shot back saying they don't need to pass the floor test every week.
However, cracks in MP Congress have been more than visible recently. During Lok Sabha campaigning, Scindia never left his home turf Guna, while Digvijaya Singh concentrated on Bhopal.
As a result, cadres were left alone and couldn't be mobilized.
Exit polls suggested Congress will get massive blow in MP
BJP's demand to put Nath's government to test comes a day after exit polls for 2019 elections were released.
Pollsters said that out of 29 Lok Sabha seats, BJP will win 26-28. This prediction contradicts the trend that the party which wins assembly polls has an advantage in parliamentary elections.
But seems Congress is all set to lose regained ground because of infighting.
Chouhan made his intentions clear, said Scindia left the country
"We will not try to dislodge the government but the Congress is a divided house. They are in minority and even the minority is divided... (Jyotiraditya) Scindia has gone outside the country even before the last phase," Chouhan said.