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Haryana: Ex-BJP Ally Dushyant Chautala Seeks Floor Test, Might Join Congress

Former Haryana Deputy Chief Minister and BJP ally Dushyant Chautala has written to the Governor, asking for a floor test in the state assembly. Mr. Chautala’s move comes as there’s chaos in the political scene due to three independent MLAs withdrawing their support and increasing tensions within the ruling BJP coalition.

In a letter to the Governor of Haryana, Bandaru Dattatreya, Mr Chautala mentioned that recent resignations and withdrawals of support had put the ruling BJP alliance in a risky position of possibly becoming a minority.

Mr Chautala wrote to the Governor. “I request you to instruct the appropriate authority to immediately organize a floor test to confirm the government’s majority,”¬†

The demand for a floor test follows the recent decision of three Independent MLAs to switch their allegiance from the BJP faction to the Congress faction. On Tuesday, MLAs Sombir Sangwan (representing Dadri), Randhir Singh Gollen (from Pundri), and Dharampal Gonder (of Nilokheri) announced their withdrawal of support for the BJP government during a press conference in Rohtak. They were accompanied by Bhupinder Singh Hooda, the Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly, and Udai Bhan, the state Congress chief.

Mr Chautala, Leader of the Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) and a former BJP ally, clearly stated his party’s readiness to support an alternative government, hinting at a potential alliance with the Congress.

¬†Mr Chautala stated, “The government formed two months ago is now in the minority because one MLA from the BJP and an Independent MLA who supported them have resigned‚ÄĒadditionally, three independent MLAs who were backing them withdrawn their support and wrote to the Governor. JJP has clarified that if a No Confidence Motion is brought against this government, we will support it,”.

“We have informed the Governor about this. Now, it’s up to the Congress to take action (by seeking a Floor Test). The Governor has the authority to order a Floor Test to determine the government’s strength, and if it lacks the majority, immediate implementation of President’s Rule in the state,” he added.

The Haryana Assembly, with 90 seats, currently has 88 members, with the majority mark at 45. The BJP has 40 MLAs, backed by three out of six independent candidates, falling short of the majority by two MLAs. The Congress has 30 MLAs, supported by three independent candidates. If the JJP supports the Congress, their total would reach 43 MLAs. This leaves two MLAs unaligned Рone from the Haryana Lokhit Party and the other from the INLD.

 

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