With at least 22 MLAs resigning from the Kamal Nath Cabinet in Madhya Pradesh, senior BJP leader Bhupendra Singh on Tuesday has claimed that at present 30 MLAs from the Madhya Pardesh Congress are set to join the BJP, adding that the number might also increase.
Speaking to ANI, Singh informed that there are several MLAs interested in joining the BJP and working with the party and the number might also increase from what it is at present. Notably, senior Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia, who tendered his resignation from the party earlier on Tuesday, is expected to join the BJP by evening as per sources.
In a sensational development minutes after Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia announced his resignation from the party on Tuesday, sources have said that Scindia will officially join the BJP in the afternoon. Sources further mentioned that in the evening BJP's Central Election Commission (CEC) will also announce Scindia as a Rajya Sabha candidate from Madhya Pradesh.
Further, sources have stated that to challenge the Kamal Nath-led government, BJP will demand a floor test in Madhya Pradesh Assembly on March 16. The Rajya Sabha election is to be held on March 26.
In his letter, Scindia mentioned that his dissatisfaction had built up in the past one year. He wrote to Sonia, "As you well know, this path that has been drawing itself out over the last year."
The Congress high-command had also attempted desperate overtures to Scindia, offering to meet his demands, whether they be a Rajya Sabha seat or the post of Madhya Pradesh Congress chief. However, Scindia appeared resolved. The day also falls on the 75th birth anniversary of Scindia's late father and former Congress leader Madhavrao Scindia.
Senior Congress leader Lakshman Singh conceded on Tuesday after 22 MLAs and Jyotiraditya Scindia tendered their resignations, with 6 more MLAs expected to resign by evening, as per sources. Speaking to media, Singh said the Congress needs to prepare to come out as a strong opposition in the State. "We will win the next elections and come back to power."
Speaking to media, Lakshman Singh said, "Whatever happened is very unfortunate but we shouldn't be disheartened. We will fight. We will sit in Opposition and will strongly work as per our party program. Whatever had to happen happened and whoever had to go wherever has gone. It is useless to get into the details."