Monday, Jun 01, 2020 | Last Update : 04:42 AM IST

68th Day Of Lockdown

Maharashtra65168280812197 Tamil Nadu2024611313157 Delhi173877846398 Gujarat1635692321007 Rajasthan83654855184 Madhya Pradesh78914444343 Uttar Pradesh77014651213 West Bengal48131775302 Andhra Pradesh3461228960 Bihar3359120915 Karnataka292299749 Telangana2499141277 Jammu and Kashmir234190828 Punjab2197194942 Odisha17239779 Haryana172194019 Kerala120957510 Assam9361044 Uttarakhand493794 Jharkhand4621914 Chhatisgarh4471021 Chandigarh2891994 Tripura2711720 Himachal Pradesh223634 Goa70420 Manipur6060 Puducherry57230 Nagaland3600 Meghalaya27121 Arunachal Pradesh310 Mizoram110 Sikkim100

AA EDIT: Can the BJP topple Kamal Nath?

THE ASIAN AGE.
Published : Mar 17, 2020, 9:29 am IST
Updated : Mar 17, 2020, 9:29 am IST

The legislature belongs to the people’s reps and is run by the speaker, not the governor

Madhya Pradesh governor Lalji Tandon and chief minister Kamal Nath arrive for the budget session of the state Assembly in Bhopal on March 16, 2020. (PTI)
 Madhya Pradesh governor Lalji Tandon and chief minister Kamal Nath arrive for the budget session of the state Assembly in Bhopal on March 16, 2020. (PTI)

In the midst of a coronavirus pandemic and an economic free-fall that will lose, due to Covid-19, another one per cent of GDP growth (according to a former economic adviser to the Prime Minister) from an already anaemic 4.5 per cent — some say even this is inflated — the government is focused on toppling the Madhya Pradesh Congress government led by chief minister Kamal Nath.

The first step was to lure Jyotiraditya Scindia away with the promise of a government bungalow, expecting that the 22 MLAs loyal to him would leave the party and thus bring down its government. Six MLAs resigned and 16 are quarantined by BJP minders in Bengaluru. As the next step, governor Lalji Tandon on Saturday night — around 1 am Sunday, to be precise — asked Nath to prove his majority on Monday itself. He was avowedly keen on upholding constitutional norms, not something BJP-appointed governors are famous for.

However, Kamal Nath is no amateur and speaker N.P. Prajapati did what was expected of him — he postponed any trust vote till March 26, citing Covid-19 fears. This presumably gives the CM time to do some MLA management of his own; like coaxing rebels to stay in the fold. The BJP has approached the Supreme Court which, in keeping with its recent harmonious alignment with the government, said it would on Tuesday hear the BJP’s plea for a floor test within 12 hours.

Our Constitution is clear on the demarcation of domain. The legislature belongs to the people’s representatives and is run by the speaker, not the governor. The courts can adjudicate on constitutionally grey areas but here there are none. The governor would do well to remember that his post is merely that of a constitutional placeholder, as was eloquently elaborated over the weekend by Goa governor Satya Pal Malik.

Tags: kamal nath, madhya pradesh, lalji tandon
Location: India, Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT