Haryana CM Nayab Singh Saini moves confidence motion in Assembly

The BJP has 41 MLAs in the 90-member House, in which the majority mark is set at 46

Saini (middle, with tricolour scarf) was named as Haryana’s new chief minister on 12 March (photo: @NayabSainiBJP/X)
Saini (middle, with tricolour scarf) was named as Haryana’s new chief minister on 12 March (photo: @NayabSainiBJP/X)


A day after taking oath, Haryana Chief Minister Nayab Singh Saini on Wednesday, 13 March moved a motion to seek a vote of confidence in the assembly.

The Speaker fixed two hours for discussing the motion.

Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) MLAs Devender Singh Babli, Ram Kumar Gautam, Ishwar Singh, Ram Niwas and Jogi Ram Sihag left the House when the issue of trust vote was taken up.

Their party on Wednesday issued a whip, asking its 10 legislators to remain absent from the House during voting on the confidence motion.

Former state home minister Anil Vij was present in the House.

Before the chief minister moved the motion, Congress MLAs sought to know from Speaker Gian Chand Gupta about the urgency of convening the Assembly session.

"There was no emergency," senior Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda said and claimed that proper time was not given to the MLAs.

Party MLA B B Batra asked, "What was the urgency of convening the session?"

Hooda asked the Speaker to adjourn the session for at least one hour so that the legislators could reach the assembly. To this, the speaker said it was the duty of the members to reach the House on time.

Gupta, however, said, "Let the discussion take place and in the meantime, the members can reach the House."

In the 90-member state assembly, the BJP has 41 members. The JJP has 10 MLAs in the House. The main opposition Congress has 30 MLAs while the Indian National Lok Dal has one.

The BJP named Nayab Singh Saini as Haryana’s new chief minister on Tuesday, 12 March hours after the surprise resignation of Manohar Lal Khattar from the post along with his cabinet ministers.

After taking oath in the evening, Saini said they had presented a letter of support of 48 MLAs to the governor and asked him to convene an assembly session on Wednesday for the BJP government to prove its majority in the House.

The floor-test suggestion was made amid signs that the BJP-Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) alliance in the state might have ended, though there has been no formal announcement yet.

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Published: 13 Mar 2024, 1:33 PM