Khattar dares Opposition to parade its MLAs; claims 6 JJP MLAs are with them

  • | Monday | 13th May, 2024

With the Opposition parties including Congress, Jannayak Janata Party (JJP), Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and some independent candidates claiming that the Nayab Singh Saini led-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Government in Haryana has lost majority, the former Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday dared them to parade their MLAs if they have the numbers. Khattar also indicated that the BJP Government was not averse to a floor test, while maintaining that six JJP MLAs are with the saffron party.   After the withdrawal of support by three independent MLAs to the BJP Government in Haryana, the Congress has demanded the dismissal of the Saini led Government in the State demanding fresh Assembly elections under the Presidents rule.   The JJP, which parted ways with the BJP in March, has said that it was ready to help the Congress bring down the Government.   Chief Minister Nayab Singh Saini said that his government had, in March, secured a vote of confidence. Asking the opposition to parade its MLAs, Saini said: In future, when the time comes, we will again secure a vote of confidence.   Khattar, who was replying to questions from reporters in Karnal on the political situation in the State, said that the Congress, which has 30 MLAs, should parade them before the Governor. He claimed that the Congress is not sure whether they have all their MLAs onboard. And you have seen what is happening in JJP, Khattar quipped, in an apparent reference to many JJP MLAs in recent weeks indicating their support to the BJP.   It would have been better had they (opposition) not raised the issue. Now, when they have raised it, we are saying let them parade their MLAs (to prove whether they have the numbers on their side), said Khattar.   If they have the numbers, then a floor test will also be held, Khattar said.   He, however, said that the Congress is scared that its 30 MLAs are not going to come for a floor test.   Asked how many JJP MLAs have met him in recent days, Khattar quipped, You know I have talked to many. Six MLAs are with us.   At the same time, he said that the Saini Government secured the vote of confidence on March 13. Whether another trust vote is needed for six months or not, the matter is in the domain of the Governor and Assembly Speaker, he said.   Meanwhile, JJP chief Ajay Singh Chautala said that his party has already said that it is ready to extend support to the Congress to bring down the minority Government.   Asked about BJPs claim that many of the JJP MLAs are not with their party, Ajay Chautala said: The MLAs cannot go outside the party whip. If they violate the whip, they will lose their (Assembly) membership.   While Khattar was speaking to reporters in Ghogripur village in Karnal, Chief Minister Saini was speaking to reporters while campaigning door-to-door in Karnal. Saini, who replaced Khattar as Chief Minister in March, is contesting the Karnal assembly bypolls after Khattar resigned from the seat. Khattar is contesting the Lok Sabha election from Karnal seat.

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