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Madhya Pradesh Political Crisis Updates: Jyotiraditya Scindia named BJP's RS candidate for MP; Youth Congress protests against MLAs' resignations

Madhya Pradesh Political Crisis Updates: Members of the Indian Youth Congress on Wednesday held a protest against the BJP in Delhi and alleged that it was trying to horse-trade Congress MLAs in Madhya Pradesh in a bid to topple the Kamal Nath-led state government. The protesters commenced the march from the IYC office in Raisina Road, PTI reported.

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Madhya Pradesh Political Crisis Updates: Jyotiraditya Scindia named BJP's RS candidate for MP; Youth Congress protests against MLAs' resignations

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16:49 (ist)

Scindia named as BJP RS candidate, reports NDTV

Jyotiraditya Scindia has been named as the BJP's candidate for the upcoming Rajya Sabha election, NDTV reported, amid speculation that the saffron party will give him a ticket soon after inducting him into the party on Wednesday.

According to reports, Scindia's decision to resign from the Congress was finalised after the party leadership dithered on naming him as a candidate for the election to the Upper House.

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Mar 11, 2020 - 21:05 (IST)

Sachin Pilot says unfortunate to see Scindia leave

Rajasthan deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot on Wednesday expressed regret that the issues between the Congress and Jyotiraditya Scindia couldn't be resolved "collaboratively" within the party.

Mar 11, 2020 - 20:10 (IST)

Ex-Congress leader says 10,000 office bearers quit party after Scindia

After Jyotiraditya Scindia quit the Congress, around 10,000 of its office-bearers have resigned from the party in Madhya Pradesh and several more are likely to do so, a former leader party was quoted as saying by PTI.

The ruling Congress, however, refuted this claim and said the supporters of Scindia were creating pressure on other leaders to leave the party.

Mar 11, 2020 - 19:19 (IST)

Rajasthan minister says Scindia's exit is loss for Congress

Rajasthan minister Vishwendra Singh said that Jyotiraditya Scindia's resignation from the Congress is a loss for the party and a "gain for the other party".

Mar 11, 2020 - 18:54 (IST)

Told Scindia not to leave party, says Mallikarjun Kharge

Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said that he had spoken to Jyotiraditya Scindia before he quit the party.

"He is young and a good orator. The party is built on an ideology and all the members believing in this ideology should make the party strong," Kharge said.

"I told him that personal gains and losses are in everyone's life. You (Scindia) have been MP for four terms and held many posts, that's why it is not right to leave. Still, he didn't listen to anyone and left the party by putting his grievances forward," Kharge said.

Mar 11, 2020 - 18:31 (IST)

Youth Congress protests against MP situation 

Members of the Indian Youth Congress on Wednesday held a protest against the BJP in Delhi and alleged that it was trying to horse-trade Congress MLAs in Madhya Pradesh in a bid to topple the Kamal Nath-led state government. The protesters commenced the march from the IYC office in Raisina Road, PTI reported.

Mar 11, 2020 - 18:13 (IST)

NCP says waiting to see what happens in MP

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar, who is the Congress' alliance partner in the Maharashtra government, said that "people have faith in the abilities" of Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath. Kamal Nath's government is facing a threat to its majority after 22 MLAs of the party resigned from the Assembly on Tuesday.

The MLAs' move came after former Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia quit the party on Tuesday, and the legislators are reportedly loyalists of Scindia.

Mar 11, 2020 - 18:08 (IST)

BJP announces Rajya Sabha candidates

The BJP on Wednesday announced the names of the party's candidates for the upcoming election to the Rajya Sabha. RPI's Ramdas Athawale, including Jyotiraditya Scindia, is among the party's candidates.

Mar 11, 2020 - 18:04 (IST)

Rahul Gandhi retweets picture with Scindia, Kamal Nath

Rahul Gandhi, in his first reaction to the resignation of former Congress leader and his close confidant Jyotiraditya Scindia, on Wednesday retweeted a picture of himself with Scindia and Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath from December 2018, when the party had won a majority in the state's Assembly polls.

The original tweet carried a quoted by Leo Tolstoy as saying, "The two most powerful warriors are patience and time."

Mar 11, 2020 - 17:48 (IST)

Collectors of five MP districts transferred

The district collectors of five districts in Madhya Pradesh, namely Guna, Gwalior, Neemuch, Vidisha, and Harda were transferred on Wednesday, ANI reported.

Mar 11, 2020 - 17:37 (IST)

Shivraj Singh Chouhan congratulates Scindia on RS candidature

Former Madhya Pradesh chief minister and BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan congratulated newly-inducted Jyotiraditya Scindia for being chosen as a candidate of the BJP for the upcoming Rajya Sabha.

He said, "I congratulate Jyotiraditya Scindia and Harsh Singh Chauhan on being named Rajya Sabha candidates from Madhya Pradesh."

Madhya Pradesh Political Crisis Updates: Members of the Indian Youth Congress on Wednesday held a protest against the BJP in Delhi and alleged that it was trying to horse-trade Congress MLAs in Madhya Pradesh in a bid to topple the Kamal Nath-led state government. The protesters commenced the march from the IYC office in Raisina Road, PTI reported.

The BJP on Wednesday announced the names of the party's candidates for the upcoming election to the Rajya Sabha. RPI's Ramdas Athawale, including Jyotiraditya Scindia, is among the party's candidates.

Former Madhya Pradesh chief minister and BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan congratulated newly-inducted Jyotiraditya Scindia for being chosen as a candidate of the BJP for the upcoming Rajya Sabha.

He said, "I congratulate Jyotiraditya Scindia and Harsh Singh Chauhan on being named Rajya Sabha candidates from Madhya Pradesh."

Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi, in a first reaction to the resignation of his reportedly close confidant Jyotiraditya Scindia, addressed claims that Scindia had sought a meeting with Rahul before quitting the party on Tuesday, but Rahul wasn't able to make time to meet him.

Rahul was quoted by reports as saying, "Scindia is the only man who could walk into my house anytime, he was with me in college."

Jyotiraditya Scindia has been named as the BJP's candidate for the upcoming Rajya Sabha election, NDTV reported, amid speculation that the saffron party will give him a ticket soon after inducting him into the party on Wednesday.

According to reports, Scindia's decision to resign from the Congress was finalised after the party leadership dithered on naming him as a candidate for the election to the Upper House.

BJP leader Yashodhara Raje Scindia, aunt of Jyotiraditya who joined the saffron party after quitting the Congress on Wednesday, welcomed her nephew to the party and expressed confidence that the party will form the state government again under former chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

Rajasthan BJP leader Vasundhara Raje welcomed Jyotiraditya Scindia welcomed her nephew to the BJP, adding that "it's good to be on the same team". She also wrote that she admires the former Congress leader's "strength of character and courage".

Jyotiraditya Scindia left for the BJP headquarters from his residence. He was accompanied by saffron party leader Zafar Islam. Senior Congress leader DK Shivakumar said that no one can destroy the Congress. "Leaders may come, leaders may go, that doesn't make any difference," he said.

Thirteen of the 22 rebel MLAs in Madhya Pradesh have given an assurance that "they are not leaving the Congress", senior party leader Digvijaya Singh said. Jyotiraditya Scindia, he said, could have been a Congress nominee to the Rajya Sabha but "only Modi-Shah" can give a Cabinet post to the "over-ambitious" leader.

Jyotiraditya Scindia is likely to join the BJP at 2 pm at the party's Ashoka Road headquarters. Madhya Pradesh Speaker NP Prajapati told India Today that he will summon all rebel Congress MLAs who sent on their resignations.

In his first reaction after a political turmoil unfolded in Madhya Pradesh, Congress' Rahul Gandhi plamed the Prime Minister's office for "destabiling an elected government". Meanwhile, Jyotiraditya Scindia will join the BJP at 12.30 pm, BJP sources told CNN-News18.

After a meeting with Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, Independent MLA Surendra Singh Shera said that he and other Independent lawmakers are with the Congress. He said that MLAs in Bengaluru will be brought back and the government will survive.

Multiple reports say that the Congress has booked 42 of the 52 rooms at Buena Vista Resort in Jaipur for its 92 MLAs. The other rooms may also likely to be taken over by the Congress party in a while. This is incidentally the same hotel where Maharashtra Congress MLAs were lodged during the crisis over government formation in the state last year. The MLAs are expected to reach Jaipur around 11 am in a chartered jet. Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh BJP MLAs reached Delhi on Tuesday midnight along with BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya. The BJP MLAs are currently staying at ITC Grand Bharat in Gurugram.

A day after senior Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia and 22 Madhya Pradesh Congress MLAs tendered their resignations from the state Assembly, 92 MLAs of the Kamal Nath government will be shifted to Jaipur. Meanwhile, Congress leader Digvijaya Singh said that Jyotiraditya Scindia, who quit the party yesterday, was "not at all sidelined".

As many as 22 Congress MLAs in Madhya Pradesh resigned on Tuesday, putting survival of the Kamal Nath-led government in the state in doubt. The development came on the day senior leader Jyotiraditya Scindia, to whose faction the 22 MLAs including six ministers belonged, announcing that he had quit the party.

Both Congress and opposition BJP held meetings of their legislature wings on Tuesday evening, and decided to move their respective MLAs to unknown locations.

At the meeting of Congress Legislature Party, around 100 MLAs including four independents were present, a minister in the Kamal Nath government claimed. They expressed faith in his government, he added. But the 22 rebel MLAs as well as two BSP and one SP MLAs who back the government skipped the meeting, sources said.

Earlier in the day, Scindia, who went incommunicado along with the MLAs loyal to him on Monday, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Delhi. Governor Lalji Tandon, who is in Lucknow for celebrating Holi, is likely to cut short his visit and rush back to Bhopal, sources told PTI.

In a significant development, BSP MLA Sanjiv Singh Kushwaha and SP legislator Rajesh Shukla met BJP leader and former chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday evening.

Chief Minister Nath wrote to the Governor seeking immediate removal of six ministers who belong to Scindia's camp and who are among MLAs who have resigned. The letter named ministers Imarati Devi, Tulsi Silawat, Govind Singh Rajput, Mahendra Singh Sisodiya, Pradyumn Singh Tomar and Prabhuram Chaudhari.

Other MLAs who have resigned are Hardeep Singh Dang, Rajyavardhan Singh, Brajendra Singh Yadav, Jaspal Jajji, Suresh Dhakad, Jaswant Jatav, Raksha Santram Sironia, Munnalal Goyal, Ranveer Singh Jatav, OPS Bhadoria, Kamlesh Jatav, Giriraj Dandotiya, Raghuraj Kansana, Aidalsingh Kansana, Biasahulal Singh and Manoj Choudhary.

State Congress spokesperson Pankaj Chaturvedi, a close confidant of Scindia, resigned from the party's primary membership soon after Scindia announced that he was quitting the party.

BJP leaders met Assembly Speaker NP Prajapati and handed resignations of 19 Congress MLAs who are holed up in a resort in Bengaluru. After receiving the letters, Prajapati told reporters that he will take decision as per the rules.

While the Congress, which was voted to power in the state after 15 years in 2018, has 114 MLAs, the BJP has 107 legislators in the 230-member assembly. Two seats are at present vacant. Four Independent MLAs, two lawmakers of the Bahujan Samaj Party and one Samajwadi Party legislator are supporting the Congress-led government.

Chief minister Nath asserted late Tuesday night that there was no threat to his government. He said he was in touch with rebel MLAs. "They have been kept in captivity. If not, why would they be in Bengaluru," he added.

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