19 Congress MLAs including six state ministers from Madhya Pradesh who are in Bengaluru, tender their resignation. (Photo Credit: News Nation)
After Jyotiraditya Scindia quit Congress, 19 MLAs loyal to him also tendered their resignations from Madhya Pradesh Assembly on Tuesday. Earlier, Scindia, accompanied by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi.
The resignation of 19 MLAs has reduced the number of Congress legislators in the 230-member House in Madhya Pradesh to 95 from the current 114. As two seats are already vacant in MP, the revised strength of the Assembly stands at 209 with the magic figure to form government coming down to 105.
19 Congress MLAs including six state ministers from Madhya Pradesh who are in Bengaluru, tender their resignation from the assembly after Jyotiraditya Scindia resigned from the party. pic.twitter.com/ljTF7p90BV— ANI (@ANI) March 10, 2020
The Kamal Nath government was earlier supported by two legislators of the BSP, one of the SP one and four Independents.
State Governor Lalji Tandon is currently in Lucknow for Holi celebrations and is likely to rush back to Bhopal by cutting short his visit, sources said. However, it could not be confirmed whether the governor will be returning by this evening, reported news agency PTI.
Moreover, senior Congress leader KC Venugopal said that Jyotiraditya Scindia was expelled from the Congress for "anti-parties" activities.
The Congress general secretary in a statement said, "Congress President has approved the expulsion of Sh. Jyotiraditya Scindia from the Indian National Congress with immediate effect for anti-party activities."
According to sources in Delhi, former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is likely to be elected as the leader of the BJP legislature party in the meeting on Tuesday itself. Chouhan has briefed the top party brass, including its president J P Nadda, about the developments in the state, the sources added.
(With inputs from PTI)