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Madhya Pradesh crisis: Sources told The Indian Express that Jyotiraditya Scindia is expected to join the BJP and may get a Rajya Sabha ticket from Madhya Pradesh.

By: Express Web Desk | Bhopal, New Delhi |
Updated: March 12, 2020 8:23:25 am
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Madhya Pradesh government crisis: After resigning from the Congress party, Madhya Pradesh leader Jyotiraditya Scindia is expected to join the BJP on Wednesday. Sources told The Indian Express that Scindia is expected to get a Rajya Sabha ticket from Madhya Pradesh by the saffron party after he met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah earlier in the day.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath Tuesday wrote to Governor Lalji Tandon, seeking removal of six ministers. Meanwhile, 22 party MLAs also tendered their resignation from the Madhya Pradesh Assembly.

Scindia, who was a member of the Congress for 18 years, said, “it is time to move on”. Minutes later, the party expelled him for “anti-party activities”. Sources said Scindia has the support of between 17 to 20 MLAs. Sources said neither central nor state leaders of the BJP were aware of the developments, and that it was orchestrated by Shah and Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan.

In the 230 member House, the Congress has 114 MLAs and the support of four Independents, one Samajwadi Party MLAs and two Bahujan Samaj Party MLAs. The BJP has 109 MLAs. Two seats are vacant.

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Senior Madhya Pradesh Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia has resigned from the party and is expected to join the BJP on Wednesday. Here are the highlights

22:01 (IST)10 Mar 2020
Kamal Nath: We will prove our majority. Our government will complete its term

With the Congress government in Madhya Pradesh battling infighting after the resignation of Jyotiraditya Scindia along with 20 other MLAs, Chief Minister Kamal Nath assured that his government was stable and on route to complete its term in the state. "There is nothing to worry about, we will prove our majority. Our government will complete its term," said Kamal Nath.

The Chief Minister is Charing Congress Legislative Party (CLP) meeting at his residence in Bhopal. 

21:43 (IST)10 Mar 2020
BJP MLAs shifted from Madhya Pradesh

Seen as a precautionary move, Madhya Pradesh BJP has decided to shift its MLAs to an unnamed location. The MLAs were scuttled in the five buses that were seen parked outside the BJP party office in Bhopal since late evening on Tuesday. BJP MLA Vijay Shah, one of the leaders boarding the bus says, 'We are going either to Bengaluru or Delhi.'

21:02 (IST)10 Mar 2020
Resolution passed in the Congress legislative party meet in Bhopal today

We unanimously express gratitude to Congress president that she expelled Jyotiraditya Scindia from the primary membership of the party. Congress legislative party condemns the unfortunate manner in which attempt has been made to insult the people's mandate by satisfying the personal ambitions of Jyotiraditya Scindia —ANI

20:44 (IST)10 Mar 2020
BJP Central Election Committee meeting concludes

Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves from BJP Headquarters after party's Central Election Committee meeting concludes. BJP president J P Nadda along with other senior leaders attended the meet on Tuesday.

19:49 (IST)10 Mar 2020
MP: BJP legislative party meeting underway in Bhopal

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.

19:28 (IST)10 Mar 2020
'A traitor is a traitor': Congress' Gaurav Pandhi slams Jyotiraditya Scindia

Gaurav Pandhi, national coordinator for social media in the Congress, tweeted, "A traitor is a traitor and no amount of arguments and reasoning can justify treachery. Period!"

18:56 (IST)10 Mar 2020
PM Modi at BJP headquarters

Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with BJP president J P Nadda at the party headquarters in New Delhi on Tuesday. (Express photo by Prem Nath Pandey)

18:02 (IST)10 Mar 2020
1996 redux: When Madhavrao Scindia left the Congress to chart an independent course

The resignation of Jyotiraditya Scindia from the Congress and his likely induction into the BJP later on Tuesday (March 10), recalls another, very similar episode in the history of the Congress in Madhya Pradesh. That incident took place 24 years ago, in 1996 — and the leader at its centre was Jyotiraditya’s late father, Madhavrao Scindia.

Like Jyotiraditya, Madhavrao had developed differences with the Congress leadership of the time. However, he had chosen to return to the fold after charting an independent course for two years. Read to know what happened.

17:52 (IST)10 Mar 2020
Madhya Pradesh Assembly speaker: Will take action according to established procedure

Madhya Pradesh Assembly Speaker N P Prajapati: "I will take action according to the established procedure of the state Assembly." (ANI)

17:48 (IST)10 Mar 2020
Amit Shah arrives at BJP headquarters

Union Home Minister Amit Shah, along with Rajnath Singh and Nitin Gadkari, arrives at BJP Headquarters in New Delhi.

17:39 (IST)10 Mar 2020
Jyotiraditya Scindia arrives in Delhi

Hours after resigning from the Congress, Jyotiraditya Scindia has arrived in Delhi. He is expected to join the BJP later today.

17:12 (IST)10 Mar 2020
'Proud of my father': Jyotiraditya Scindia's son stands by his father's decision to quit Congress

Former Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia's son Mahanaryaman Scindia Tuesday said he stands by his father's decision to quit the grand old party. Taking to Twitter, Mahanaryaman said, "I am proud of my father for taking a stand for himself. It takes courage to resign from a legacy. History can speak for itself when I say my family has never been power-hungry. As promised we will make an impactful change in India and Madhya Pradesh wherever our future lies."

17:04 (IST)10 Mar 2020
Madhya Pradesh: BSP, SP MLAs meet Shivraj Singh Chouhan

Amid the political turmoil caused by resignations of at least 22 MLAs of the ruling Congress in Madhya Pradesh, a legislator of the BSP and another of the Samajwadi Party met BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday.

The Bahujan Samaj Party with its two MLAs and the SP with its sole MLA are supporting the Kamal Nath-led Congress government.

BSP MLA from Bhind Sanjiv Singh Kushwaha and S legislator from Bijawar, Rajesh Shukla, met Chouhan at hi residence here.

Chouhan said after the brief meeting that it was a courtesy call on the occasion of Holi.


16:49 (IST)10 Mar 2020
Madhya Pradesh government crisis: Congress MLA Manoj Choudhary resigns

Congress MLA from Hatpiplya in Madhya Pradesh, Manoj Choudhary, resigns, taking the number of those who have quit to 22, PTI reported.

16:28 (IST)10 Mar 2020
Madhya Pradesh: Another Congress MLA resigns

Madhya Pradesh Congress MLA from Sumawali (Morena), Aidalsingh Kansana has tendered his resignation as member of legislative Assembly, PTI reported.

Other MLAs who have resigned are 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.

Besides them, six ministers - Tulsi Silawat, Govind Singh Rajput, Dr Prabhuram Choudhry, Imarti Devi, Pradyumna Singh Tomar, and Mahendra Singh Sisodia - also tendered their resignation from the state cabinet.

16:05 (IST)10 Mar 2020
I understand ambition. But is ideology irrelevant: Karti Chidambaram

In a remark supposedly over the resignation of Jyotiraditya Scindia from the Congress, Sivaganga MP Karti Chidambaram said, "I understand ambition. But is ideology irrelevant?"  

15:58 (IST)10 Mar 2020
MP:BJP workers play Holi at party office, say 'Diwali' coming soon

Even as the political crisis that has gripped the Kamal Nath-led government in Madhya Pradesh is still unfolding, workers of the opposition BJP on Tuesday broke into celebrations at the party office here.

A woman activist, however, said they are elated because of Holi and in view of the early onset of "Diwali", hinting at uncertainty prevailing over survival of the Kamal Nath government. (PTI)

14:48 (IST)10 Mar 2020
Ashok Gehlot on Scindia's resignation: Joining hands with BJP in a time of national crisis speaks volumes about a leader

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot Tuesday slammed senior Madhya Pradesh Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia for leaving the party. Taking to Twitter, Gehlot said, "Joining hands with BJP in a time of national crisis speaks volumes about a leader's self-indulgent political ambitions. Especially when the BJP ruining the economy, democratic institutions, social fabric and as well the Judiciary."

"Mr Scindia has betrayed the trust of the people as well as the ideology. Such people prove they can’t thrive without power. Sooner they leave the better," he added.

14:37 (IST)10 Mar 2020
Kamal Nath writes to Madhya Pradesh Governor to remove six ministers

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath has written to Madhya Pradesh Governor Lalji Tandon and recommended the immediate removal of six ministers. The six ministers are Imarti Devi, Tulsi Silavat, Govind Singh Rajput, Mahendra Singh Sisodia, Pradyuman Singh Tomar, and Prabhu Ram Chaudhary.

14:31 (IST)10 Mar 2020
This is 'ghar wapsi': Yashodhara Scindia on Jyotiraditya's resignation from Congress

Yashodhara Scindia, BJP leader and aunt of Jyotiraditya Scindia: "I am very happy and congratulate him. This is 'ghar vapasi'. Madhavrao Scindia had started his political career with Jan Sangh. Jyotiraditya was being neglected in Congress." (ANI)

Three Congress CM-designates to take oath tomorrow Congress party chief Rahul Gandhi (centre) with CM-designate Kamal Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia. (Source: Rahul Gandhi/Twitter)

Madhya Pradesh crisis: In his letter dated March 9, 2020, Scindia said, "while my aim and purpose remains the same as it has always been from the very beginning to serve the people of my state and country, I believe I am unable to do this anymore with this party."

The BJP's central election committee is scheduled to meet later today and announce its candidates for the Rajya Sabha polls. Scindia is likely to get a ticket from Madhya Pradesh, sources said.

On Wednesday, Shivraj Singh Chouhan is expected to approach the Governor to demand a floor test in the Assembly for the Kamal Nath government to prove its majority. The BJP expects a floor test to be held in the Assembly during the upcoming Budget Session on March 16.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath rushed back to Bhopal after meeting Congress chief Sonia Gandhi in Delhi Monday afternoon when he was told to ensure that there is no threat to the government. Late Monday, PWD Minister Sajjan Singh Verma said that 20 Ministers attended a meeting at the Chief Minister’s official residence in Bhopal and submitted their resignations while requesting Nath to “restructure the Cabinet”.

Nath also met the other senior state leader Digvijaya Singh. Scindia remained “out of contact”, with party sources saying that his supporters have moved to Bengaluru.

In a late-night statement, Nath accused the BJP of trying to “destabilise” his government through “illegal means”. “The BJP is frustrated because it had lost power in seven states in the last few months and is trying to topple the Congress government before it completes five years,” he alleged.

But Congress sources told The Indian Express that at the heart of the latest tussle in the party’s MP unit is the race for the two Rajya Sabha seats, which the party can win out of the three that fall vacant on April 9, and the post of the state party chief, which is currently held by Nath.

Read: In Madhya Pradesh, Kamal Nath govt battles threat from Scindia camp, BJP sniffs a chance 

Read also: 20 Madhya Pradesh ministers resign: ‘Have faith in Kamal Nath govt, cabinet should be formed afresh’ 

Also read:  Madhya Pradesh: Congress MLA returns, says unhappy over not getting ministry berth


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