The unhappy Madhya Pradesh leader, Jyotiraditya Scindia, on Tuesday, resigned from the Congress party, denting the grand old party into crisis on Holi and signalling the collapse of the Madhya Pradesh Government as 16 of Scindia’s loyal MLAs (Members of the Legislative Assembly) are likely to follow him.
Scindia submitted his resignation to the Congress Chief, Sonia Gandhi, just a few hours before meeting the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Union Home Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi, hinting that he will be joining the saffron party. He ended 18 year long association with the Congress Party.
In his resignation letter, Scindia said that he has been unable to serve the people of India and his state while staying in the Congress party.
The development came forth on the birth anniversary of Madhavrao Scindia who was amongst the biggest leaders of Congress and father for Jyotiraditya Scindia.
In an attempt to damage control, the Congress party claimed that it has expelled Scindia for anti-party activities. The crisis came forth on Monday evening when Scindia, along with his loyal MLAs revolted the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath to collapse his cabinet.
Kamal Nath pointed fingers at the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), alleging that the party was using immoral ways to “destabilise my government” and vouched that he will not let it happen.
Ahead of the Rajya Sabha Polls, Congress party is tackling troubles as last week it accused BJP of trying to collapse its government after 10 MLAs of its party and those of allies of Congress travelled to Haryana, however, BJP has denied of the allegations.
Out of the 10, 8 MLAs came back and some of them wanted ministerial berths, however, 2 MLAs from Congress party have still not returned.
Nath and Scindia had a rift between them over the position of the state Congress President, which is held by Kamal Nath who is the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh. In February, Jyotiraditya Scindia threatened to take the issue to the streets if Congress’s government in MP fails to meet the demands put forth by the guest teachers, to which Nath, virtually, dared him to convert his threats into realities.
If like Scindia, his loyal MLAs resign too, then the Kamal Nath government in MP will no longer have the majority in the state.
The Congress returned to power in Madhya Pradesh after 15 years after winning the elections in 2018 and has 114 MLA of now while the BJP has 107 legislators. Madhya Pradesh has a 230 member assembly which makes the majority mark 116.
Currently, 4 independent MLAs, 2 lawmakers from the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), and 1 legislator from the Samajwadi Party (SP) are supporting the Congress-led government in Madhya Pradesh.