Minutes after the rescheduled session of Madhya Pradesh Assembly got underway on Tuesday, Shivraj Government won a trust vote and the proceedings of the House were adjourned till March 27 amidst an pandemic outbreak and curfew imposed in State capital Bhopal besides Jabalpur.
The House gathered following the swearing-in of as the Chief Minister on Monday night, no Congress MLAs attended the Assembly on Tuesday. Later in the afternoon, the election commission of India postponed Rajya Sabha polls due in various States on March 26 amid novel Corona virus scare.
As the house assembled on Tuesday, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan moved a trust vote which was approved unanimously. Senior BJP MLA Jagdish Devda had acted as the protem speaker, after former speaker NP Prajapati submitted his resignation.
After midnight on Monday, the Assembly Secretariat had issued an information that afford a four-day assembly session has been convened in which the Shivraj Singh Government would move trust vote on the floor of the House at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday.
The state government was also scheduled to move supplementary budget in the session.
The assembly session was convened at a time when Madhya Pradesh is battling with coronavirus scare and apart from Bhopal, curfew was imposed in Jabalpur district in a late night order issued by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan on Monday.
Presently the state has reported seven patients who have tested positive for Novel Corona virus including six at Jabalpur and one at Bhopal. Including Bhopal and Jabalpur which are under curfew, ten districts have been locked down in Madhya Pradesh to prevent Corona spread.
Senior BJP leader Narottam Mishra claimed that amid the reduced strength of the House with resignation of MLAs and demise of two, the BJP required 104 MLAs to prove majority and it got support of 112 including SP, BSP and independents.
The supplementary budget would be presented on March 27, he added.
On Tuesday, Rajya Sabha MP and senior Congress leader Vivek Tankha had objected to four day assembly session in Madhya Pradesh.
" it's difficult to believe that assembly session has been convened. As public servants were busy staging a coup in Bengaluru, Delhi and Bhopal for the past two weeks instead of caring for public health. After assuming power, they are busy in proving the majority. It's called Kalyug," the senior Supreme Court lawyer Tankha had tweeted.
Later in the day, former Chief Minister Kamal Nath called on Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan at his residence and clarified that his party was not aware of the Assembly session convened in haste. He assured that he would extend all necessary support in development of Madhya Pradesh.