MP IN CRISIS: Scindia Meets Modi, Shah

New Delhi: Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia addresses a press conference in New Delhi on May 16, 2017. (Photo: IANS) by .
Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia (Photo: IANS)
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Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia is learnt to have met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and other senior BJP leaders in New Delhi and claimed that about 40 MLAs were with him…reports Asian Lite News

Caption: Magnificent MP - Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath by .
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath

All the 20 cabinet ministers of the Congress government present in Bhopal handed over their resignations to Chief Minister Kamal Nath at around 11.30 p.m. on Monday. The sources in the party say barring the eight ministers of Jyotiraditya Scindia camp have made way for Chief Minister Kamal Nath to reconstitute the ministry while the crisis showed no signs of being resolved at midnight.

State PWD Minister Sajjan Singh Verma told spoke to newsmen at around 11.40 p.m. that Congress would foil all the moves of the opposition to destabilise the democratically elected government .

Verma and MP Forest Minister Umang Singhar claimed that the Congress government in MP was in no danger.

On the other hand, Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia is learnt to have met senior BJP leaders including Home Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi and claimed that about 40 MLAs were with him.

State Commercial Taxes Minister Brijendra Singh Rathore and Power Minister Priyavrat Singh also confirmed that 20 cabinet ministers had resigned. Rathore still asserted that the Congress government in MP would complete five years in office.

Singhar said Scindia was very much with the Congress.

Bhopal: Congress leaders Digvijay Singh, Kamal Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia during a press conference in Bhopal on Dec 12, 2018. The party is all set to form the government in Madhya Pradesh with the support of three MLAs of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Samajwadi Party (SP) and four Independents.(Photo: IANS) by .
Congress leaders Digvijay Singh, Kamal Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia during a press conference in Bhopal (Photo: IANS)

State Home Minister Bala Bachchan also claimed that since the council of ministers was to be reconstituted, it was a definite sign that the Congress government was totally safe. “All is well,” asserted Bachchan.

Addressing the meeting, Kamal Nath said: “I will not allow anyone to destabilize my government with the help of mafia.”

“I have dedicated all my life in serving the people, but BJP has indulged in immoral practices to topple the government,” Nath said.

My biggest strength is people’s faith and their love showered on me. I will not allow any-one to destabilize the government elected by the people, he said.

Earlier, the Chief Minister remained engaged in trouble shooting exercise to save his minority government on a sticky wicket after several MLAs flew at the instance of Jyotiraditya Scindia flew to Bengaluru.

To add to the woes of the ruling party in Madhya Pradesh – many MLAs including ministers belonging to the camp of Scindia, who is posturing to get his upper house berths on Monday flew to Bengaluru.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah arrive at BJP headquarters to attend party's central election committee meeting in New Delhi, on March 20, 2019. (Photo: IANS) by .
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minster Amit Shah (Photo: IANS)

Scindia’s camp Madhya Pradesh Ministers Tulsi Silavat, Mahendra Singh Sisodia, Govind Singh Rajput, Imarti Devi, Pradyumna Singh Tomar and Dr Prabhura Choudhary remained incommunicado keeping their phones switched off.

It is a fight for the survival of Scindia now.

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 apparently to thwart Scindia’s chance to reach the Upper House.

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

Jyotiraditya Scindia, once close to the Gandhis, has stayed back in Delhi and the Congress is making frantic attempts to negotiate a compromise that looks very difficult under the current circumstances

Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Congress President Kamal Nath being greeted by party workers as he arrives at party office in Bhopal on Dec 11, 2018. He wrote a letter to Governor Anandiben Patel late on Tuesday and sought an early response from her. In his letter, he has said the Congress party as emerged as the single-largest party with majority support. The party has won 88 seats and is leading in 26 seat (at the time of publication of this picture). (Photo: IANS) by .
Kamal Nath

Senior leaders say the speed and determination with which Mr Scindia acted signals that this may be more than just muscle-flexing and he might have decided to play for a finish. As reports suggested he was headed toward BJP Union Minister Amit Shah chaired a meeting with his party leaders in Delhi.

A formula could still be offered to Scindia to send him to Rajya Sabha as first preference candidate.

His close confidante, health minister Tulsi Silawat – a Dalit face — could succeed Kamal Nath as the new state Congress chief.

The Kamal Nath government has 120 MLAs — just four over the majority mark of 116 in the 230-member assembly. 114 are from the Congress, two from the BSP, one Samajwadi Party and four are independents. The BJP has 107 MLAs and two seats are currently vacant. If 17 exit, the Congress will lose its second state since Karnataka.

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