Published On: Tue, Mar 17th, 2020

Hurt by allegation of not upholding propriety: Kamal Nath

Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath has expressed unhappiness by writing a fresh letter to Governor Lalji Tandon in which he has said that he is deeply hurt by the allegation that he has not upheld parliamentary propriety.

He also appealed to the Governor to call back the Congress MLAs held ‘captive’ in Bengaluru

Nath in the letter said that the Assembly has been adjourned due to the threat of coronavirus as the WHO has declared it a pandemic.

“I bring to your notice that in the last 15 months I have proved majority in the House several times. If you think that I don’t enjoy majority, the opposition can bring a no-confidence motion. It has come to my knowledge that the BJP has moved the motion which is pending before the Speaker who will take appropriate action as per the rules of the House,” Nath said in the letter.

He also appealed to the Governor to call back the Congress MLAs held ‘captive’ in Bengaluru.

“I have apprised you of unprecedented situation in the state repeatedly. At least 16 of our legislators have been kept in a hotel in Bengaluru in a captive like situation. It is the BJP leaders who took them there by a chartered flight. No one can talk to them. They are being prevented from coming to Bhopal. They are given bribes, lurements and are being pressured by the BJP and forced to give false statements before the media. I am attaching a copy by a kin of the ‘captive’ MLA who has complained to us,” Nath said in the letter.

Nath also said with “utter sadness” and “anguish” that far from finding a solution to the “illegal conduct like restrictions on my MLAs”, the Governor has not even mentioned it in his letter.

The Governor had asked the government twice to hold a floor test – first on March 14 and then on March 16. However, the government has refused to do so saying first the legislators kept in Bengaluru should be released.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Supreme Court issued notices to the Madhya Pradesh government, Congress and the Assembly Speaker, seeking their response to the plea filed by the BJP for holding a floor test. The matter will be heard on Wednesday.

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