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20/05/2019 3:06 PM IST | Updated 20/05/2019 3:32 PM IST

BJP Wants Kamal Nath To Prove Majority, Asks For Special Session Of Madhya Pradesh Assembly

This comes a day after exit polls predicted that BJP will get the maximum number of Lok Sabha seats in Madhya Pradesh.

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has demanded a special session of the Madhya Pradesh assembly and wants the Kamal Nath-led Congress government to prove its majority. 

Leader of Opposition in Assembly Gopal Bhargava said his 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”.

“I am writing a letter to the Governor for convening a special session of Madhya Pradesh Assembly shortly. We want discussion on important issues like the farm loan waiver and (to) test the government strength,” Bhargava told PTI.

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During decisions and financial matters we are going to seek division to test whether the weak Congress government enjoys its support in the House, Bhargava 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 Madhya Pradesh,” he added.

In elections for the 230-member Assembly last year, the Congress won 114 seats and the BJP coming a close second with 109. The Bahujan Samaj Party has two seats, the Samajwadi Party one and the Independents four seats.

The Congress had captured power from the BJP after the assembly polls. Two short of the majority mark on its own, the Congress has the support of BSP and SP in the House.

The Congress accused the BJP of attempting to destabilise the Kamal Nath government through use of “corrupt practices” and said in doing so they are trying to negate the mandate of people of the state.

BJP’s decision comes just a day after exit polls predicted a thumping victory for the BJP in Madhya Pradesh in the Lok Sabha elections. According to News 18-IPSOS survey, in Madhya Pradesh, the BJP may win 24 to 27 seats out of 29 seats. 

Today’s Chanakya also predicted BJP will get around 27 seats and Congress 2. 

Nath tweeted, saying Congress’ seats will increase for certain. “We saw the exit polls in 2004 and during the assembly elections in 2018, all of them predicted a loss for the Congress. Everyone saw the outcome.” 

(With PTI inputs)