Now former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Kamal Nath resigned today just hours before the floor test which was ordered by the Supreme Cout of India. After his resignation, it is being said that the road is clear for the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) to stake claim to the state.
The political crisis in the state of Madhya Pradesh began when senior Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia quit the congress party and 22 MLAs (Members of Legislative Assembly) who were close to Scindia followed suit and took lodging in a hotel in Karnataka.
Addressing the media today, Kamal Nath said that the saffron party will never be able to defeat his will, adding, “I have done my politics with values all my life. BJP won’t ever succeed. Time will tell what pressure was on MLAs to resign. I am resigning,” he said.
Right before he ended his address, Kamal Nath said, “I was never part of the politics of trade. No one pointed a finger on me during the 40 years of my political career”.
Following this, Kailash Vijaybargiya, senior leader BJP said that our party will be ready to prove the majority at any time, saying, “If the Governor tells us tp prove majority, we will do so,”.
Congress’ veteran leader and former Chief Minister Digvijaya Singh’s son, Jaivardhan Singh cautioned “We will fight”. Adding that “the leader of the opposition will be decided by the party high command”.
Jyotiraditya Scindia took to Twitter and said it was the “victory of the people of Madhya Pradesh,”.:
मध्य प्रदेश में आज जनता की जीत हुई है। मेरा सदैव ये मानना रहा है कि राजनीति जनसेवा का माध्यम होना चाहिए, लेकिन प्रदेश सरकार इस रास्ते से भटक गई थी। सच्चाई की फिर विजय हुई है। सत्यमेवजयते।— Jyotiraditya M. Scindia (@JM_Scindia) March 20, 2020
Right before Kamal Nath resigned from the position of the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh he said, “This breach of trust was against the people of Madhya Pradesh, not against me. People will not forgive those who went against their wishes. Twenty-two of our MLAs were held captive in Bengaluru. This was politics spending crores of rupees”.
Jyotiraditya Scindia, on the other hand, says, “We will come back and I believe people will allow us to serve them. ‘Janseva’ (work for the people) is my aim. I don’t go after any post or position. This is what I have been doing for the last 20 years. The CM will be decided by the party”.
Kamal Nath submitted his resgnation to the Governor of Madhya Pradesh, Lalji Tondon. In the resignation letter, Nath wrote, “In my 40-year-long public life, I have always done politics of purity and valued democratic norms and given priority to it. But what transpired in the last two weeks is a new chapter of a devaluation of democratic values.”
Defending himself and the BJP, the former CM of Madhya Pradesh, Shivraj Singh Chouhan says, “If a government topples due to their own internal conflict then we can’t do anything. You can see that we were not in the game to form or topple a govt. They (Congress) should do some self-introspection that what gave rise to such situation”.
The floor test was ordered to be conducted by today, however, by 2:00 PM no Congress MLA were present, while, all the BJP MLAs reached the Madhya Pradesh Assembly.