Madhya Pradesh Assembly session adjourned, what next?

Madhya Pradesh Assembly Speaker Narmada Prasad Prajapati used the scare of the coronavirus to adjourn the Assembly session till March 26, the day of the voting for the Rajya Sabha elections. New Delhi, March 16 (IANS) In a first of its kind, the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic, which has killed over 6,000 people worldwide and […]

Madhya Pradesh Assembly Speaker Narmada Prasad Prajapati used the scare of the coronavirus to adjourn the Assembly session till March 26, the day of the voting for the Rajya Sabha elections.

New Delhi, March 16 (IANS) In a first of its kind, the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic, which has killed over 6,000 people worldwide and two in India so far, has come to the rescue of a government.

Madhya Pradesh Assembly Speaker Narmada Prasad Prajapati used the scare of the coronavirus to adjourn the Assembly session till March 26, the day of the voting for the Rajya Sabha elections.

The Speaker Narmada Prasad Prajapati invoked the Article 397(2A) citing fear of epidemic to adjourn the proceedings.

The government also distributed N-95 masks to all the MLAs over the fear of COVID-19.

Though the BJP has moved the Supreme Court against the Speaker’s decision, the Kamal Nath government seems to have got a breather at least for the time being.

Madhya Pradesh minister Sachin Yadav said that it is the central government which has issued advisories to all states in view of the spread of COVID-19. The Madhya Pradesh government is also on alert due to the outbreak of the epidemic and that is why the Assembly has been adjourned till March 26, he said.

Governor Lalji Tandon had asked the government to prove its majority on the floor of the House just after his address, but the Speaker adjourned the house till March 26.

Since the Governor had read the address presented to him by the Congress, the treasury benches have been taking that he acknowledged the validity of the government till he started the address. However, the governor went beyond the address to say that both sides should realize their responsibilities.

The Kamal Nath government may have weathered the storm for now. But can it hold off the challenge for long? BJP claims that the government has been rendered unconstitutional.

 

 

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