‘Won’t interfere’: Supreme Court on Madhya Pradesh floor test, cites Constitutional duties

‘Won’t interfere’: Supreme Court on Madhya Pradesh floor test, cites Constitutional duties

18/03/2020

WORLD NEWS SERVICE

The Supreme Court today said that the MLAs can’t be held captive, adding that it knows they can “tilt the balance one way or the other”.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday said that it is not going to come in the way of the legislature to decide who enjoys the trust. It was hearing the petitions filed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) seeking the trust vote in Madhya Pradesh and the Congress which had opposed it.

“As a constitutional court, we have to discharge our duties,” the bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and Hemant Gupta said.

The BJP had claimed in its petition that after the resignation of 22 MLAs, the Kamal Nath government has come in minority and demanded a floor test to prove that the government still enjoys majority. The Congress government, meanwhile, said that its MLAs are held captive in Bengaluru and blamed the BJP for “subverting democracy” in the state.

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