A Chief Minister, who is appointed by the Governor, can be asked by the Governor to prove majority on the floor of the Legislative Assembly of the State and that’s what Madhya Pradesh Governor Lalji Tandon has done by writing a letter to Chief Minister Kamal Nath and asking him to win a vote of confidence and prove majority support on Monday 16 March.
The Madhya Pradesh Governor has cited the resignation of 22 ruling Congress MLAs and the entire sequence of related developments to point out that prima facie, Chief Minister Nath has lost majority support.
The resignation issue notwithstanding, it is important to go for a trial of strength for the Chief Minister to prove majority since there is no Constitutional provision for a minority government in a State.
Powers of Governor
Article 161 of the Indian Constitution says “The Chief Minister shall be appointed by the Governor …..”. Further, according to Article 164 (1), The chief Minister shall be appointed by the Governor and the other Ministers shall be appointed by the Governor on the advice of the Chief Minister, and the Ministers shall hold office during the pleasure of the Governor.
The Supreme Court of India had ordered chief minister B S Yeddyurappa in May 2018, to go for a floor test in the Karnataka assembly to prove his majority in the House.
As far as the resignation by rebel Congress MLAs in Madhya Pradesh is concerned , Article 190 (3) (b) states that a member of the State Assembly ceases to be a member if he /she “resigns seat by writing under his hand addressed to the speaker or the Chairman (of the Legislative Council), as the case may be, and his resignation is accepted by the Speaker…” [Provided that in the case of any resignation referred to in sub-clause (b), if from information received or otherwise and after making such inquiry as he thinks fit, the Speaker or the Chairman, as the case may be, is satisfied that such resignation is not voluntary or genuine, he shall not accept such resignation.]
Bhopal: Amid talks of horse trading and the Congress allegation that the BJP was trying to topple the Madhya Pradesh Congress Government led by Kamal Nath, it was reported on Thursday evening (5 March 2020) that one Congress MLA Hardeep Singh Dang has submitted his resignation as member of the State Assembly.
Chief Minister Nath told media that he had received information about Hardeep Singh Dang’s resignation but had not received any letter from him or discussed the matter in person. Till he does not meet him in person, it would not be appropriate for him to comment in this matter, the Chief Minister said.
Madhya Pradesh Assembly Speaker, NP Prajapati also said that he was aware of the news of Hardeep Singh’s resignation but he had not tendered his resignation to him in person. It will be considered as per the rules and necessary action would be taken only after he submits his resignation to him, the Speaker underscored.
Congress leaders have been accusing the BJP of trying to erode the ruling Congress party’s wafer thin support base keeping eyes on the Rajya Sabha election later this month and also to topple the Congress Government. The BJP has denied this alleagtion. former Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has denied this charge stating that the Congress party is suffering from inner party dissension.
Reports on Thursday evening, indicated that 4 Congress MLAs were keeping themselves away from public gaze and had gone into hiding at some posh retreat in Bengaluru.
Bhopal: A World Class 27-Hole Golf Course cum Resort and Hotel will be constructed at a cost of Rs. 220 crore at Ninod village near Sanchi – the World famous Tourist centre.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath handed over the letter of award to the Chief Executive Officer of Wesley Group Dorian Mulanse at Mantralaya here on Tuesday, 10 December 2019. State Secretary Tourism Faiz Ahmed Qidwai was present.
A delegation of Wesley Group called on Kamal Nath at his Mantralaya office. The Chief Minister told the visitors from the corporate sector that the state government wants to promote employment oriented investment and has ensured its policies are liberal. He informed them that the Tourism Policy (2016) has been amended in 2019 and the provision of Ultra Mega Project has been added to attract private investment in the Tourism Sector. This had led to the proposal for building the World Class Golf Course, Hotel Resort, Convention Centre and Helipad over 70.718 hectare of land at Ninod village
This project will facilitate direct employment to 310 people. According to the provision of the Tourism Policy, 247 vacancies in this project will be filled by those domiciled in Madhya Pradesh.
The Partner CEO of Wesley Group Mumbai Shri Alok Tiwari, Shri Taqaddus Khan and Joint Director of Tourism and Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board Shri Suresh Jharia were present on the occasion.
Kamal Nath meets Chairman of Emirates Airlines in Dubai; holds talk for building a Logistics Hub by Emirates Group in M.P.
Dubai: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath on Wednesday, 6 November 2019, called on Chairman and CEO of Emirates Airlines Group Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maqtoum and discussed starting Emirates flight for Indore-Dubai. Sheikh Maqtoum assured to take a decision in this regard soon. During this meeting at the airline headquarters, State Chhief Secretary S.R. Mohanty and other state officials were present.
During this meeting a detailed discussion was held between the Chief Minister and Sheikh Maqtoum on the construction of logistics hub in Madhya Pradesh by the Emirates Group.