Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath on May 25 offered to resign from the post of Congress state unit chief in the wake of the party's drubbing in the recently-concluded general elections.
"Kamal Nath has offered to resign from the post of Madhya Pradesh Congress committee president," said Deepak Babaria, Congress' general secretary.
Decimated by the BJP which won 28 out of the 29 seats in the state, the Congress could only open its account by winning Chhindwara parliamentary constituency.
Earlier in the day, Nath skipped the Congress Working Committee meeting held in the national capital.
According to sources, Nath had skipped the meeting in order to keep his flock together. The Congress party in the state has a slim majority.
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On May 22, days after the BJP demanded floor test in the state of Madhya Pradesh, its Chief Minister Kamal Nath has alleged that his MLA's are being offered money and posts. Apart from alleging horse trading, sources also said that BJP candidates were arrested in the state and were only released when the court granted them bail.
Speaking to media, he said:
"At least 10 MLAs have told me now that they are getting phone calls where they are being offered money & posts. They (BJP) have been trying this since day 1, have proved the majority at least 4 times in the last 5 months. They want to do it again, we have no problem. They'll try their best to disturb the present govt to save themselves from getting exposed. Govt is ready for the floor test," MP CM Kamal Nath said.
One day after the exit polls were declared, the BJP in the state under the leader of Opposition Gopal Bhargava challenged a floor test to the Kamal Nath government that has 114 seats over the Opposition's (BJP) 109 seats.