There are possible chances of upturn of government in Madhya Pradesh as 22 Congress MLAs have resigned from the assembly with immediate effect on Tuesday.
It all started when Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia resigned from the primary membership of the party early in the morning. He held a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi before quitting the party and as soon as he quit, 13 MLAs and six Ministers owing allegiance to him, sent-in their resignations to the Governor via email, Raj Bhavan sources confirmed the news.
Later on in the evening, BJP leaders handed over hard copies of the letters to Assembly Speaker N.P. Prajapati.
Following the resignations of 22 MLAs, Chief Minister Kamal Nath requested Governor Lalji Tandon to issue orders for the removal of the six Ministers, who had resigned as lawmakers, from the Cabinet. Three other MLAs also submitted their resignations to the Speaker.
Later in the afternoon, angry party workers broke Mr Scindia’s nameplate in the Congress office and burnt his effigy outside it.
Omkar Singh Markam who was one of the 16 Ministers who had resigned on Monday to enable Chief Minister Kamal Nath to rejig the Cabinet, told reporters, “Our mission is to serve the people, not go after power. Congress gave us democracy, fought for independence. It will continue fighting.”
He also accused Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for scripting the present ongoing turmoil in the government.
“They play pressure politics, the Congress doesn’t,” he added.