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Madhya Pradesh Crisis: Chief Minister Kamal Nath Says Congress Will Prove Majority In Floor Test

Kamal Nath Had Cut Short His Delhi Visit And Rushed To Bhopal Where He Called The Urgent Cabinet Meeting At Around 10 Pm After A Faction Led By Senior Leader Jyotiraditya Scindia Who, Along With At Least 17 Legislators, Went Incommunicado.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Fayiq Wani | Updated on: 10 Mar 2020, 10:57:27 PM
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Kamal Nath alleged that the BJP was adopting immoral ways to “destabilise my government” and vowed not to let it happen. (Photo Credit: PTI/File)

New Delhi:

The Congress government in Madhya Pradesh plunged into a crisis on Monday as a sulking Jyotiraditya Scindia, along with 17 MLAs, virtually revolted prompting Chief Minister Kamal Nath to call a late-night cabinet meeting where around 20 ministers resigned reposing faith in his leadership. Nath alleged that the BJP was adopting immoral ways to “destabilise my government” and vowed not to let it happen. Nath, who had met party president Sonia Gandhi earlier in the day, had cut short his Delhi visit and rushed to Bhopal where he called the urgent cabinet meeting at around 10 pm after a faction led by senior leader Jyotiraditya Scindia who, along with at least 17 legislators, went incommunicado, sparking intense speculation about the fate of his government.

Madhya Pradesh: Here are all the LIVE updates

The BJP is reportedly shifting its MLAs via buses to an unknown location. According to reports, 4-5 buses have been made ready after the BJP legislative party meeting was held. The Congress is also planning to shift its MLAs out of Bhopal to avoid any more setback.

Laxman Singh, Congress: Congress is ready to fight back if the need arises. We have 94 MLAs, nobody can break the morale of the party.

Another Madhya Pradesh Congress MLA, Manoj Choudhary (Hatpipliya constituency in Dewas) has tendered his resignation as member of legislative Assembly. Total Congress MLAs who have resigned are 22 now.

Madhya Pradesh Congress MLA from Sumawali (Morena), Adal Singh Kansana has tendered his resignation as member of legislative Assembly.

Delhi: Meeting between BJP President JP Nadda and Union Home Minister Amit Shah concludes. 

BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan on SP and BSP MLAs meeting him: "They have just come here to meet me on the occasion of Holi. There is no politics in it."

Madhya Pradesh: SP MLA Rajesh Shukla and BSP MLA Sanjeev Kushwaha arrive at the residence of BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

19 Congress MLAs, who are staying in Bengaluru, write a letter to Karnataka DGP, demanding protection and police escort. Letter reads, "We've come to Karnataka voluntarily for some important work, regarding which we require protection for our safe movement and stay in and around Bangaluru".

Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary, Congress leader in Lok Sabha: Scindia ji held many senior posts in Congress party and was well respected, maybe he got lured by the offer of ministership given by Modi ji. We know his family has been associated with BJP for decades, but yet it is a big loss.

I don't think our Govt in Madhya Pradesh will survive. This is the present-day politics of BJP, always tries to topple and destabilize opposition governments.

Shivraj Singh Chouhan: For some Congress leaders when Scindia ji was in Congress he was a Maharaja, now he is a mafia? These are their double standards.

KC Venugopal, Congress: The Congress President has approved the expulsion of Jyotiraditya Scindia from the Indian National Congress with immediate effect for anti-party activities.

Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh says "no idea why Scindia met PM Modi and Amit Shah". BJP is lying about no role in the crisis, they are trying to topple Madhya Pradesh government, he added. 

18 Madhya Pradesh MLAs camping at resort in Bengaluru

As many as 18 MLAs from Madhya Pradesh, including 16 Congress rebels were camping at a resort near amid speculations of infighting in the party's state unit. Indicating return of resort politics to the city, the MLAs of the ruling Congress in Madhya Pradesh were taken to a resort after their arrival at the HAL airport on Monday by special chartered flights, BJP sources said on Tuesday.

Madhya Pradesh: Meeting underway at BJP office in Bhopal, senior leaders including Shivraj Singh Chouhan, VD Sharma and Vinay Sahasrabuddhe present.

Madhya Pradesh: Congress leaders Digvijaya Singh, Jitu Patwari, Bala Bachchan, Sajjan Singh Verma, Surendra Singh Baghel and others arrive at CM Kamal Nath's residence in Bhopal.

Congress General Secretary KC Venugopal arrives at 10 Janpath to meet the party president Sonia Gandhi.

Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi calls emergency meeting.

Madhya Pradesh Congress leader PC Sharma on Jyotiraditya Scindia: Talks are on with our party's leadership. There is no threat to our govt, its stable and will complete its full term.

BJP leader Narottam Mishra on being asked if BJP will welcome Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia into the party: Everyone is heartily welcome in Bharatiya Janata Party. We induct even grassroot-level workers, Scindia ji is a very big leader, he is definitely welcome.

Here are all the top developments from Madhya Pradesh – Read

A legislative party meeting of Congress party to take place today evening.

Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot: I am hopeful that the current crisis in MP ends soon and that leaders are able to resolve differences. The state needs a stable government in order to fulfil the promises made to the electorate.

Congress leader Digvijaya Singh: We tried to contact Scindia Ji (Jyotiraditya Scindia) but it is being told that he is suffering from swine flu, so haven't been able to speak to him.

The BJP has called a meeting of its 107 MLAs on Tuesday ahead of the March 16 budget session of the state Assembly and the Rajya Sabha polls for three seats scheduled on March 26. Chouhan, they added, has briefed the top party brass, including its president J P Nadda, about the developments in the state. The party had sent a list of 20 to 22 names, including that of national general secretaries Ram Madhav and Kailash Vijayvargiya, to its central poll panel to pick two candidates for the RS polls.

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

The BJP has called a meeting of its MLAs today where sources said Shivraj Singh Chouhan may be elected as the leader of the legislature party.

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First Published : 10 Mar 2020, 07:44:50 AM