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MP political crisis: SC directs floor test today

By The Assam Tribune
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NEW DELHI, March 19 - The Supreme Court Thursday directed Madhya Pradesh Assembly Speaker NP Prajapati to convene a special session tomorrow for conducting the floor test which must conclude by 5 pm. A bench, headed by Justice DY Chandrachud, also ordered video recording and possible live streaming of the Assembly proceedings when the Kamal Nath-led Congress government undertakes the floor test.

The bench, also comprising Justice Hemant Gupta, directed the police chiefs of Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka to provide security to the 16 rebel Congress MLAs if they choose to appear in Assembly for trust vote.

The bench also ordered that the Assembly will have a single point agenda of the floor test and no hindrance is to be created for anyone.

It asked the state Assembly Secretary to ensure that there is no breach of law and order.

Earlier in the day the apex court suggested that the Speaker should interact with the rebel Congress MLAs through video link or the court can appoint an observer to allay the fear that the legislators are in captivity.

However, the Speaker refused to accept the proposal.

The bench said it can create conditions to ensure that �exercise of volition� of the rebel MLAs is �truly voluntary�. � PTI

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MP political crisis: SC directs floor test today

NEW DELHI, March 19 - The Supreme Court Thursday directed Madhya Pradesh Assembly Speaker NP Prajapati to convene a special session tomorrow for conducting the floor test which must conclude by 5 pm. A bench, headed by Justice DY Chandrachud, also ordered video recording and possible live streaming of the Assembly proceedings when the Kamal Nath-led Congress government undertakes the floor test.

The bench, also comprising Justice Hemant Gupta, directed the police chiefs of Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka to provide security to the 16 rebel Congress MLAs if they choose to appear in Assembly for trust vote.

The bench also ordered that the Assembly will have a single point agenda of the floor test and no hindrance is to be created for anyone.

It asked the state Assembly Secretary to ensure that there is no breach of law and order.

Earlier in the day the apex court suggested that the Speaker should interact with the rebel Congress MLAs through video link or the court can appoint an observer to allay the fear that the legislators are in captivity.

However, the Speaker refused to accept the proposal.

The bench said it can create conditions to ensure that �exercise of volition� of the rebel MLAs is �truly voluntary�. � PTI

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