SC Notice To MP Government On Plea Challenging Cabinet Size
“However, in the present case, with only 206 members at present being the members of the Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly, the respondents (Governor, Shivraj Singh Chouhan and MP Government) could not have appointed more than 30.9/31 members as the council of ministers,” Prajapati said in his plea. A bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde, Justice AS Bopanna and Justice V Ramasubramaniam sought response from CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his government. Senior advocates Kapil Sibal and Vivek Tankha appeared in the SC on behalf of NP Prajapati. After the notice was issued, Vivek Tankha took a dig at the MP Home Minister Narottam Mishra, saying it happened exactly what you wanted. A petition was also filed in the Supreme Court and today the court issued a notice to the MP government and asked for their response.
MP Congress tweeted, “BJP is a curse for democracy”.
@drnarottammisra ji जैसा आप चाहते थे वैसा ही हुआ। सप्रीम कोर्ट में याचिका दायर भी हुई और और आज कोर्ट द्वारा मप्र सरकार को नोटिस जारी कर जवाब तलब के आदेश भी हुए। उम्मीद है आपकी जिज्ञास और गहरे समवेधनिक अद्धयंन पे विचार कोर्ट करेगी। https://t.co/fY2QcfhP7k— Vivek Tankha (@VTankha) July 22, 2020
Earlier, when the cabinet formation took place, the Congress had questioned the number of ministers inducted and said that they would challenge the matter in the SC. Recently, the cabinet was expanded after running the government with a cabinet of 5 ministers for more than 100 days. During this time a total of 28 ministers were given a place in the cabinet, 11 of these are loyalists of Jyotiraditya Scindia. After the swearing-in, a total of 34 ministers are in the Shivraj cabinet. Following the resignation of 24 Congress MLAs and the death of two BJP MLAs, 26 assembly seats are now vacant in the state, for which a by-election will be held soon.
बीजेपी लोकतंत्र के लिये अभिशाप है।— MP Congress (@INCMP) July 22, 2020