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Cong fears toppling bid in MP

As LoP writes to Guv, Nath says ready for floor test; K’taka Govt too alarmed

The Congress fears the destabilisation of its Government in Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka if the Modi regime returns to power as predicted by the exit polls. On Monday, Leader of Opposition in Madhya Pradesh Assembly Gopal Bhargava said the party will ask Governor Anandiben Patel to convene a special session of the State Assembly “to discuss important issues and test the Congress Government’s strength”. MP Chief Minister Kamal Nath on Monday said he is prepared to go for a floor test. At the same time, there are apprehensions that the return of Modi “sarkar” will precipitate the ongoing political crisis in Karnataka, where the Congress and its alliance party, Janata Dal (S), have been at loggerheads for months. “I am writing a letter to the Governor for convening a special session of MP Assembly shortly. We want discussion on important issues like the farm loan waiver and (to) test the Government strength,” Bhargava told PTI. He said the Congress, instead of debating issues in the House, was dumping papers at former Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s residence, claiming that loans of 21 lakh farmers in Madhya Pradesh have been waived. The Congress is skirting debate on important issues, Bhargava said. During decisions and financial matters, we are going to seek division to test whether the weak Congress Government enjoys its support in the House, he said. We have not drawn up a strategy for the floor test of the Government, he said. There is a lot of confusion prevailing over the stability of the Congress-led Government in MP, he added. The BJP said the Kamal Nath-led Congress Government should prove majority in the Assembly. The BJP demand comes a day after as many as six exit polls predicted a 300 plus seats for the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in the Lok Sabha elections. The exit polls also said the BJP will win maximum number of Lok Sabha seats in Madhya Pradesh. In elections for the 230-member Assembly last year, the Congress won 114 seats and the BJP come a close second with 109. The Bahujan Samaj Party has two seats, the Samajwadi Party one and the Independents four seats. The Congress had wrested power from the BJP in Madhya Pradesh after 15 years of the saffron rule. Two short of the majority mark on its own, the Congress has the support of the BSP and the SP in the House. The Congress accused the BJP of attempting to destabilise the Kamal Nath Government in Madhya Pradesh through use of “corrupt practices” and said in doing so they are trying to negate the mandate of people of the State. Congress general secretary incharge of Madhya Pradesh Deepak Babariya said the people of the State had rejected the BJP and voted them out in the Assembly elections. Babariya said the people had rejected the BJP Government’s policies and had voted them out of power due to their “malgovernance”. The result of the Lok Sabha elections on May 23 could also determine the future of the Congress-JD(S) Government in Karnataka, which has been subsisting on a wafer-thin majority over the past year. At least half a dozen Congress MLAs are reportedly in touch with the BJP for weeks and post-May 23 Lok Sabha poll results they could actively try, with the help of the BJP,to topple the State Government, sources said. Tuesday, 21 May 2019 | PNS | New Delhi

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