Binny, who was expelled from the ruling AAP, JD-U MLA Shoaib Iqbal and an Independent legislator Rambir Shokeen on Sunday threatened to withdraw support if the Kejriwal government did not agree to their demands.

Binny threatens to pull down AAP government

If all these three MLAs withdraw their support, the AAP-led Delhi government will be reduced to a minority in the Assembly.
 
AAP has 27 seats in the 70-member Delhi Assembly and is supported by eight Congress MLAs. It also enjoys the support of JD-U MLA Shoaib Iqbal and an Independent legislator Rambir Shokeen. The expelled MLA, Vinod Binny also supports the Kejriwal government.

The AAP government is supported by 38 members in the current state Assembly.

The number game: If asked to prove the trust in the House, the Kejriwal government will have to cross the half-way mark of 36 in the 70-member Assembly, but if the three legislators withdraw their support, the AAP government will be reduced to 34 members in Assembly as the party MLA, Mandhir Singh Dheer, is the Speaker of the House and is not supposed to vote unless there is a tie in the Assembly.

In case of full attendance, 35 members, out of which 32 are of BJP and its ally Shiromani Akali Dal, will vote against the motion.

Speaker’s vote: According to the rules, the Speaker of the House can vote for and against the motion of trust only if there is a tie. But if AAP is forced to prove the confidence today, it will have only 34 members in favour and rest 35 will vote against the motion. In this case, the Speaker will not be eligible to vote and hence Kejriwal government will lose the vote of confidence by one vote.

JPN/Bureau

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