Madhya Pradesh Political Crisis Updates: Jyotiraditya Scindia likely to be inducted into BJP on 12 March, say reports; Congress loses 22 MLAs

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Madhya Pradesh Political Crisis Updates: Jyotiraditya Scindia likely to be inducted into BJP on 12 March, say reports; Congress loses 22 MLAs
  • 20:45 (IST)

    No threat to government, says Congress

    Congress spokesperson Shobha Oza on Tuesday said that there was no threat to the Congress government under Kamal Nath in Madhya Pradesh. She also said that the party will prove its majority. "We have the numbers. The MLAs, who have left are in touch with the chief minister. There is no threat to the government. We'll prove our majority in the house," she was quoted by News18 as saying.

  • 20:20 (IST)

    Jyotiraditya Scindia likely to join BJP on 12 March

    Various reports quoted sources as saying that Jyotiraditya Scindia, who quit the Congress on Tuesday, is likely to be inducted into the BJP in Bhopal on 12 March, Thursday. He is also likely to file his nomination for the Rajya Sabha election on a ticket of the saffron party, News18 reported.

  • 20:08 (IST)

    BJP legislative party meeting underway

    The BJP's legislative party meeting is underway at the party office in Bhopal. Union minister and MP from Damoh, Prahlad Patel and other senior leaders of the party are also present.

  • 19:51 (IST)

    A traitor is a traitor, says Congress

    Congress leader Gaurav Pandhi minced no words in slamming Jyotiraditya Scindia for resigning from the Congress and planning to join the BJP. The Indian Express quoted Pandhi as saying, "A traitor is a traitor and no amount of arguments and reasoning can justify treachery. Period!"

  • 19:39 (IST)

    Pradyot Deb Barman says Scindia 'chose what's best for him'

    Former Congress leader Pradyot Deb Barman said that Jyotiraditya Scindia had quit the Sonia Gandhi-led party because he "chose what is best for him".

    He was quoted by NDTV as saying, "Jyotiraditya Scindia quit the party, he chose what was best for him.  I'm more worried about the future of the Congress party. If Rahul Gandhi does not believe in supporting us, why did he bring us."

  • 19:26 (IST)

    Soon Congress will have only Rahul, Sonia, says BJP

    BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said that soon the Congress will only have two leaders, Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, after former party leader Jyotiraditya Scindia tendered his resignation on Tuesday.

    "How many leaders are they going to expel? If they continue expelling their leaders like this, soon the day will come when only Sonia and Rahul Gandhi will be left in the Congress," Hussain was quoted as saying by ANI.

    "Congress is treating Sachin Pilot the same way they had treated Jyotiraditya Scindia. Congress does not include Pilot's photos even in their hoardings. Supporters and youth leaders of their party are unsure of their future under Congress' top leadership," he added.

  • 18:56 (IST)

    Meeting of Madhya Pradesh Congress ends

    The meeting of the Madhya Pradesh Congress MLAs which was chaired by Chief Minister Kamal Nath for the last two hours has ended, CNN-News18 reported. The Congress government in the state is facing a threat to its majority after former senior party leader Jyotiraditya Scindia tendered his resignation to Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday morning.

    Twenty-two Congress MLAs loyal to Scindia followed suit over the course of the day.

  • 18:50 (IST)

    MP governor monitoring situation from Lucknow

    The Madhya Pradesh governor Lalji Tandom is monitoring the political developments in the state from Lucknow, India Today reported. He is unlikely to return to Bhopal before 12 March, the report said.

  • 18:30 (IST)

    BJP CEC meeting underway

    The BJP Central Election Committee (CEC) meeting to decide on candidates for the upcoming Rajya Sabha election is underway, with Union ministers Narendra Modi, Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari, and BJP president JP Nadda in attendance. 

  • 18:25 (IST)

    Jyotiraditya Scindia may not join BJP today, say reports

    There is ambiguity on whether former Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia will be inducted into the BJP on Tuesday, hours after he quit the Sonia Gandhi-led party. 22 MLAs have followed suit and have resigned from the ruling party in Madhya Pradesh, leaving the Kamal Nath government facing a threat to its majority.

    While CNN-News18 reported that the induction is likely to take place on Wednesday in light of the BJP's CEC meeting scheduled for Tuesday, NDTV quoted sources as saying, "Once Amit Shah reaches the BJP headquarters, the entire process to inducting Jyotiraditya Scindia into the party will begin. The Prime Minister likely to come little late and the Central Election Committee meeting will begin."

Madhya Pradesh Political Crisis LATEST Updates: BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said that soon the Congress will only have two leaders, Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, after former party leader Jyotiraditya Scindia tendered his resignation on Tuesday.

"How many leaders are they going to expel? If they continue expelling their leaders like this, soon the day will come when only Sonia and Rahul Gandhi will be left in the Congress," Hussain was quoted as saying by ANI.

"Congress is treating Sachin Pilot the same way they had treated Jyotiraditya Scindia. Congress does not include Pilot's photos even in their hoardings. Supporters and youth leaders of their party are unsure of their future under Congress' top leadership," he added.

The BJP Central Election Committee (CEC) meeting to decide on candidates for the upcoming Rajya Sabha election has ended, with Union ministers Narendra Modi, Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari, and BJP president JP Nadda in attendance.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived at the BJP headquarters in Delhi for the Central Election Committee (CEC) meeting to decide on the candidates for the upcoming Rajya Sabha election.

Union ministers Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari and BJP president JP Nadda have arrived at the party headquarters in Delhi ahead of the ceremony to induct former Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia into the saffron party, reports said. The ceremony is likely to take place at 6 pm on Tuesday evening.

The saffron party will also be holding a crucial legislature meeting later on Tuesday.

Madhya Pradesh Congress leader PC Sharma, one being asked if the party has enough MLAs to save the Kamal Nath government from falling in the state, said, "Certainly a new thing will come up. You will get to see Kamal Nath's masterstroke."

At least 22 MLAs of the party resigned on Tuesday after former senior Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia quit the party.

While a total of 22 Congress MLAs have resigned from the Madhya Pradesh Assembly, the 19 MLAs who first tendered their resignations include Hardeep Singh Dang, Rajyavardhan Singh, Brajendra Singh Yadav, Jaspal Jajji, Suresh Dhakad, Jaswant Jatav, Santram Sironia, Munnalal Goyal, Ranveer Singh Jatav, OPS Bhadoria, Kamlesh Jatav, Giriraj Dandotiya, Raghuraj Kansana, Biasahulal Singh.

Apart from them, six ministers Tulsi Silawat, Govind Singh Rajput, Dr Prabhuram Choudhry, Imarti Devi, Pradyumna Singh Tomar, and Mahendra Singh Sisodia have also quit the Kamal Nath government.

Madhya Pradesh Congress MLA from Sumawali in Morena, Adal Singh Kansana, on Tuesday tendered his resignation as member of Legislative Assembly. Several other MLAs of the ruling party in the state have already sent their resignations to Speaker NP Prajapati after former Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia quit the party.

Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath wrote to the state governor ​Lalji Tandon and recommended the immediate removal of six ministers, ANI reported. The six ministers are Imarti Devi, Tulsi Silavat, Govind Singh Rajput, Mahendra Singh Sisodia, Pradyuman Singh Tomar, and Prabhu Ram Chaudhary.

The 19 Madhya Pradesh Congress MLAs who are in Bengaluru have written a letter to the Karnataka DGP asking for police protection after Jyotiraditya Scindia resigned from the party and is set to join the BJP.

ANI quoted the MLAs' letter as saying, "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".

After resigning from the Congress, Jyotiraditya Scindia is set to join the BJP at 6 pm, New18 reported. Additionally, Congress MLA Bisahu Lal Sahu joined the BJP and said that many MLAs are fed up with the functioning of Kamal Nath government.

Hours after meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, Jyotiraditya Scindia resigned from the Congress party. Meanwhile, through a statement issued by its senior leader KC Venugopal, the Congress announced that Jyotiraditya Scindia has been expelled from the party for "anti-party activities".

In a major political twist in Madhya Pradesh, sulking Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia met Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Union Home Minister Amit Shah, seemingly paving the way for his entry into the BJPAs crisis loomed over the Congress government in Madhya Pradesh, party sources said on Tuesday that efforts were on to woo back the disgruntled leader and former MP Jyotiraditya Scindia who remained 'incommunicado'.

While the BJP has called its legislature party meeting at 7 pm, the Congress will hold a similar meeting at 5 pm at the residence of the chief minister.

Seventeen MLAs, including at least six ministers, known to be Scindia loyalists, are currently in Bengaluru. Chief Minister Kamal Nath promised to reconstitute the state Cabinet after an emergency meeting late on Monday night. Following the meet, around 20 ministers resigned reposing faith in Nath's leadership.

In Delhi, sources said hectic efforts were underway by the Congress leadership to save the party's government in Madhya Pradesh and placate Scindia who has long been at daggers drawn with Kamal Nath over leadership issues.

"The party high command is sending emissaries, including Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot to Scindia in order to win him back. But the efforts have not borne any fruit yet," a source told PTI. Pilot tried to reach out to Scindia but failed. The disgruntled Scindia did not respond to his message, sources said.

On Tuesday, Pilot tweeted, "I am hopeful that the current crisis in Madhya Pradesh ends soon and that leaders are able to resolve differences. The state needs a stable government in order to fulfil the promises make to the electorate."

Congress veteran and former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijay Singh said Scindia could not be contacted.

"We have not been able to talk to him yet... Anyone who is a true Congressman will not leave the party," he said, adding the people of the state would give a befitting reply to anyone who attempts to undermine their mandate.

The Congress leaders have put up a brave face saying their government in the state would survive its full term.

Meanwhile, the Madhya Pradesh unit of the BJP tweeted in memory of Jyotiraditya Scindia's late father Madhavrao Scindia whose birth anniversary falls on Tuesday.

"Respected Madhavrao Scindia ji's ideological loftiness, political wisdom, supreme morality, and commitment to the Congress are still milestones in Indian politics even today and will always remain so," it stated.

Former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who met BJP chief jP Nadda in Delhi on Monday night and later returned to Bhopal, also took to twitter to remember late Madhavrao Scindia on his birth anniversary.

Chouhan, however, said the current crisis was an internal matter of the Congress and needed to be resolved internally.

While the Congress, which was voted to power in Madhya Pradesh after 15 years in 2018, has 114 MLAs, the opposition BJP has 107 legislators. Four Independent MLAs, two lawmakers of the Bahujan Samaj Party and one legislator of the Samajwadi Party are supporting the Congress-led state government.

These developments come amid reports of infighting in Congress' Madhya Pradesh unit ahead of Rajya Sabha elections and party's allegations that BJP is poaching their MLAs.

News18 reported that the legislators currently in Bengaluru include health minister Tulsi Silavat, labour minister Mahendra Singh Sisodia, transport minister Govind Singh Rajput, women and child development minister Imarti Devi, food and civil supplies minister Pradyumna Singh Tomar and school education minister Prabhura Choudhary. They are believed to be close to former Guna MP and senior Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia.

Late on Monday, Nath called a meeting of the state Cabinet at his residence. All the ministers present in the meeting submitted their resignations to the chief minister, a senior minister said. "We have expressed our solidarity with the chief minister and submitted resignations to him in the cabinet meeting," the senior minister told PTI.

"I will not allow (anyone) to destabilise my government with the help of mafia...I have dedicated all my life to serving the people, but the BJP has indulged in immoral ways to destabilise my government,” the chief minister said in a statement in the cabinet meeting.

ANI quoted Madhya Pradesh forest minister Umang Singhar, who was present at the meeting, as saying, "All the 20 ministers who were here, have tendered their resignations. The chief minister can reconstitute the state Cabinet now. All are together. Scindia ji is also with the Congress."

The Congress government in Madhya Pradesh has accused the BJP of trying to poach its MLAs to topple the government, which enjoys a wafer-thin majority in the House. Nath, who was in Delhi earlier on Monday, has returned to Bhopal after cutting short his visit, PTI reported.

Updated Date: Mar 10, 2020 20:51:39 IST



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