9 May 2024

Haryana: Former Deputy CM Dushyant Chautala wrote to Governor, what he demanded?

Jannayak Janata Party leader and former Deputy CM of Haryana Dushyant Chautala has written a letter to the Governor of Haryana demanding a floor test.

On Tuesday, three independent MLAs had announced withdrawal of support from BJP, after which Congress and other opposition parties claim that BJP has come into minority.

Speaking to media, Dushyant Chautala said, "The government that was formed two months ago has been reduced to minority today, because two MLAs supporting them, one from Bharatiya Janata Party and one independent MLA, have resigned." Apart from this, three independent MLAs have withdrawn their support and have written to the Governor.

He said, "Jannayak Janata Party has openly said that if a no-confidence motion comes against this government, we will fully support it from outside and for this we have also informed His Excellency the Governor in this regard. We have demanded that as per the Constitution this power is with His Excellency to give orders for floor test to the government and call a session to get the floor test done."

Dushyant Chautala said that Congress and other opposition MLAs should now send a letter to His Excellency to change the government.

"We have also written to the Governor about it. Now, Congress has to take this step (seeking a Floor Test). The Governor has the power to order a Floor Test to see if the Government has the strength and if it doesn't have the majority immediately implement President's Rule in the state," he added. 

The Haryana Assembly, with 90 seats, is currently occupied by 88 members, with the majority mark at 45. BJP commands 40 MLAs supported by three out of six independent candidates, meaning the ruling coalition is short of two MLAs to hit the majority. The Congress party boasts 30 MLAs with its count bolstered by three independent candidates. 

Should the JJP lend its support, the Congress's tally would rise to 43 MLAs. This scenario leaves two MLAs unaligned-one from the Haryana Lokhit Party and the other from the INLD.

Aftab Ahmed, Congress leader and deputy leader of opposition in the Haryana assembly, has asked for time to meet the Governor.

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