New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: In a major setback for the Kamal Nath-led Congress government in Madhya Pradesh, the Supreme Court has directed the floor test to be held in the Assembly on Friday. 

The apex court said that the floor test would be held by show of hands in accordance with the law while adding that it should be completed by 5pm tomorrow.

A bench, headed by Justice DY Chandrachud, also ordered video recording of entire proceedings of the Assembly. It said that Assembly will have single point agenda of floor test and no hindrance to be created for anyone.

"We can appoint an observer to Bengaluru or some other place so that the rebel MLAs can connect with the Speaker through video conferencing after which he can decide," the bench said.

It also said that if the rebel MLAs want to come to the Assembly, both Karnataka DGP and Madhya Pradesh DGP will have to provide them security.

Welcoming the decision, Leader of Opposition of Madhya Pradesh and senior BJP leader Gopal Bhargava said, "everything will get clear in the floor test on Friday".

"We welcome the Supreme Court's decision of floor test. This government is not just a government which has lost the majority but this is a government of brokers which has cheated the people of Madhya Pradesh. This government will lose the floor test tomorrow," said former MP Chief Minister and senior BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

The Congress, however, said it is ready for the floor test, adding that the Assembly is bound to obey the Supreme Court's order.  

"We were always ready. Chief Minister has said it himself. It was necessary the MLAs who were kidnapped be present here. Assembly is bound to obey the Supreme Court's order. We are sure and ready," said Congress' Jitu Patwari.

The plea filed by former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and nine BJP lawmakers was moved in the top court just after the Speaker cited coronavirus concerns and adjourned the House till March 26 without taking the floor test apparently defying the directions of Governor Lalji Tandon.

On Saturday night, Tandon wrote to Nath asking him to seek trust vote in the Assembly soon after the Governor's address on Monday, saying his government was in minority.

After the Speaker accepted the resignation of six Congress MLAs on Saturday, the party now has 108 legislators.

These include 16 rebel legislators who have also put in their papers but their resignations are yet to be accepted.

The BJP has 107 seats in the House, which now has an effective strength of 222, with the majority mark being 112. 

(With PTI inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma