Madhya Pradesh Government Crisis: Sources within the Madhya Pradesh Raj Bhavan have said 19 Congress MLAs have already submitted letters of resignation; sources earlier said 25 MLAs were ready to resign
Former Union Minister and four-time parliamentarian Jyotiraditya Scindia resigned from the Congress this morning, shortly after meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah at the Prime Minister’s residence in Delhi. Sources have said he may join the BJP, either today or on Saturday, and be nominated to the Rajya Sabha as its member. Shortly after his resignation 19 Congress MLAs sent letters of resignation, sources within Madhya Pradesh Raj Bhavan said. Earlier sources said 25 MLAs were ready to resign. Should these be accepted, the 15-month-old Kamal Nath government will be reduced to a minority and likely be toppled.
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- In dramatic developments this Holi morning, Jyotiraditya Scindia met PM Modi and Amit Shah. Shortly after, he posted a letter of resignation on his Twitter account. In the letter, which is dated March 9 and is addressed to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, Mr Scindia said: “…this is a path that has been drawing itself out over the last year”.
- “While my aim and purpose remain the same as it has always been from the very beginning, to serve the people of my state and country, I believe am unable to do this anymore within this party,” he wrote.
- Minutes after Jyotiraditya Scindia posted the letter, the Congress hit back by expelling the 49-year-old former Guna MP from the party. In a terse statement issued by party General Secretary KC Venugopal, the Congress said Mr Scindia stood expelled “with immediate effect” for “anti-party activities”.
- The BJP, which has called its MLAs to Bhopal for a show of strength, will hold a meeting at a hotel in the city at 6 pm. Sources have said Jyotiraditya Scindia will join the BJP at 6 pm as well; Mr Scindia is now in Delhi. At its Bhopal meeting the BJP is expected to stake claim to the government. The party is likely to present former Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan as its chief ministerial candidate.