Madhya Pradesh Crisis | 'Weeks gold mines for horse-trading': SC directs Speaker to interact with rebel MLAs via video link
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: In another political turnaround in Madhya Pradesh, the Supreme Court on Thursday said that if House is not in session and if government loses majority then Governor has power to direct Speaker to hold trust vote.
The top court also asked the Speaker NP Prajapati to interact with the rebel Congress MLAs through video link or the court can appoint an observer to allay the fear that the legislators are in captivity.
However, the Speaker objected to this, saying that the Governor cannot decide whether government has lost majority or not and it's the House that decides.
The speaker told the court that the Governor has only three powers: whether to summon, prorogue and dissolve the House.
The apex court bench, which included Justices DY Chandrachud and Hemant Gupta, however, said that it can create conditions to ensure exercise of volition of the rebel MLAs is truly voluntary.
"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 while asking the Speaker whether any inquiry was made on the resignation of the rebel MLAs and what decision has he taken on them.
Senior advocate AM Singhvi, appearing for the Speaker, said the day court begins to give time-bound direction to the Speaker, it will be constitutionally problematic.
The counsel appearing for Governor Lalji Tandon told the bench that Chief Minister Kamal Nath was "sitting aside" in the turn of events and it is the Speaker who is "leading the political battle" in court.
The bench asked all the parties how does the decision of a Speaker in matters of resignation and disqualification of MLAs affect the floor test.
It said the constitutional principle that emerges is that there is no restraint on trust vote because of resignation or disqualification being pending before the Speaker. It said, therefore, the court will have to flip around and see whether the Governor acted beyond the powers vested in him.
A political crisis began in Madhya Pradesh after senior Congress leader Joytiraditya Scindia left the party and joined the BJP. Along with Scindia, 22 MLAs – including six ministers – also submitted their resignations, leading to a political turmoil in the state.
(With PTI inputs)
Posted By: Aalok Sensharma