Bhopal: The Madhya Pradesh Assembly was adjourned till March 26 on Monday amid the demand by BJP MLAs to hold a floor test as directed by Governor Lalji Tandon.
Just after the brief address of the governor, MLAs of the BJP raised the demand for a floor test, triggering an uproar.
Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Govind Singh raised the issue of coronavirus threat in the country and also mentioned the Central government's advisory.
The speaker accepted Singh's plea and adjourned the House till March 26.
Maintain dignity of democracy: MP governor in Assembly ahead of floor test
Madhya Pradesh Governor Lalji Tandon finished his customary address to the Legislative Assembly on the first day of the Budget session within a minute and left the House.
Before leaving the House, the governor urged the legislators to follow the Constitutional traditions, maintain dignity of democracy and act peacefully in the current situation prevailing in the state.
Earlier, MLAs of the ruling Congress and opposition BJP arrived at the Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly here on Monday morning for the Budget session amid suspense over holding of a floor test.
Many legislators could be seen wearing protecting masks in view of the novel coronavirus scare.
These masks were provided by the state Assembly Secretariat as announced earlier by Speaker NP Prajapati.
Prominent members who reached the House included Chief Minister Kamal Nath, BJP vice president and MLA Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Leader of Opposition Gopal Bhargava and others.
The Assembly session began after recitation of Vande Mataram. MLAs also raised slogans of 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai'.
The MLAs of the BJP reached the Assembly in three separate buses along with senior party leaders. They had landed in Bhopal from Manesar in Haryana at around 2 am.
The governor on Saturday night directed the chief minister to seek a trust vote in view of 22 MLAs of the ruling Congress resigning from the party on March 10.