Amid crisis in MP Congress govt, 20 ministers resign

BHOPAL, MAR 9 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 3/9/2020 12:46:37 PM IST

In a late night development, Congress government in Madhya Pradesh plunged into a political crisis on Monday after a sulking Jyotiraditya Scindia, along with at least 17 MLAs, virtually raised a banner of revolt prompting chief minister Kamal Nath to call a late-night cabinet meeting where around 20 ministers present resigned reposing their faith in his leadership.

Nath alleged that the BJP was adopting immoral ways to “destabilise my government” and vowed not to let it happen. 

After the dramatic developments, Forest Minister Umang Singhar told PTI, “We have resigned. Now it is up to the chief minister to take a call.” The minister said they have requested the chief minister to reconstitute the cabinet.

Nath had cut short his Delhi visit and rushed to Bhopal where he had called the urgent cabinet meeting at around 10 p.m. after a faction led by senior leader Jyotiraditya Scindia who, along with at least 17 legislators left for Bengaluru and went incommunicado.

Earlier in the day, a section of Congress leaders, mostly of Kamal Nath camp, demanded that Priyanka Gandhi Vadra be nominated from the state for the upcoming Rajya Sabha polls, seen by many as an attempt to thwart Scindia’s chance to reach the Upper House.

“All issues were discussed with the Congress president and everything will be resolved unanimously,” he told reporters.

Nath, however, skirted the issue of whether Scindia can be nominated for the Rajya Sabha seat from the state.

Meanwhile, according to sources, Nath demanded resignations from all 17 MLAs who went ‘untraceable’. As per reports, BJP was planning to take advantage of this rift in the Congress state leadership and bring a no-confidence motion against Kamal Nath’s government. 

Sources have claimed that Scindia, who has had a turbulent relationship with  chief minister Kamal Nath and senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh, was reportedly in touch with top BJP leaders. 

Scindia and Nath have fallen out over the post of the state Congress president, which is currently held by the chief minister.

The political situation in Madhya Pradesh hangs in balance as Congress with 114 seats has a slender majority in the house. BJP with its 107 MLAs would hope that with the changed political numbers game in the state would give the saffron party a chance to jump to power. 

Assembly session in Madhya Pradesh begins on March 16. 


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