Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath faced a shocking backlash as it was revealed according to reports that senior politician Jyotiraditya Scindia will join BJP in the near future. The crisis got worse when 17 MLAs who are loyal to Scindia took a flight to Bengaluru which meant they were leaving the existing Congress party.
Former Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan of the BJP has said his party has nothing to do with the crisis. “This is Congress’s internal matter and I would not like to comment on it. We had said on the first day that we are not interested in bringing down the government,” Mr. Chouhan said. Mr. Scindia, believed to be in Delhi, has refused to speak to senior Congress leaders, reinforcing speculation that he is headed to the BJP.
Kamal Nath’s government has 120 MLAs which just four over the majority mark which is 116 in the 230 member assembly. 114 are from Congress, two from BSP and one from Samajwadi Party, and four are independent candidates. BJP has 107 MLAs and two seats are currently vacant. If the 17 reported MLAs leave, Congress will lose its second state since Karnataka which will result in huge losses for the party.
— Rishi Suri (@rishi_suri) March 10, 2020
If 19 Scindia loyalist MLAs resign, BJP easily forms the next Govt in #MadhyaPradesh
— Corona Warrior Manak Gupta (@manakgupta) March 9, 2020
Well Jyotiraditya Scindia joining BJP is indeed a big news for Madhya Pradesh politics but it is an even bigger news for the country because if one big leader can rebel against Gandhis, it will open a floodgate of rebellions against them. Existential crisis ? https://t.co/3X7jmcjVJd
— Monica (@TrulyMonica) March 9, 2020
Rebel MLAs often go to Bengaluru to show signs of dissent and to switch sides from the 15-month-old Kamal Nath government.
Nothing has been confirmed by Scindia as he remains unavailable to give a statement of any kind and has resorted to not talking to anyone.