Madhya Pradesh: Kamal Nath, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister announced that he would submit his resignation to Governor Lalji Tandon, on Friday without facing a test of strength as his government has fallen short of the majority mark. Nath said that the loss for him was obvious after the MLAs loyal to Jyotiraditya Scindia crossed over to the BJP last week.
On Thursday the Supreme Court had ordered Nath-led Congress government to face floor test by today in the MP Vidhan Sabha. Ahead of the floor test, Kamal Nath to announce his resignation to the media.
Hitting out at his former colleague and the BJP, Kamal Nath said, "Everyone saw how crores of rupees were spent. How a democratically-elected government was brought down by the BJP who lured a power-hungry, ambitious ‘Maharaj’ rejected by voters and 22 greedy MLAs influenced by him".
Following the former Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia, Narmada Prasad Prajapati, the state assembly speaker accepted the resignations of the remaining 16 rebel Congress MLAs late Thursday night. The MLAs were those who have been in Bengaluru since March 9. “As Scindia is our leader, we will always stay with him. He taught us a lot. I will always stay with him even if I have to jump into a well,” rebel MLA Imarti Devi told reporters in Hindi.
Alleging that Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath never heard them even for 15 minutes after they were elected 15 months ago, party lawmaker Govind Singh Rajput said he had not been able to take up development in his constituency so far.
“Kamal Nath never heard us even for 15 minutes. Whom should we talk to for development in our constituency?” lamented Rajput.
Meanwhile, a three-time Chief Minister, BJP's Shivraj Singh Chouhan, is likely to return to power.
Previously in view of the coronavirus pandemic, the state legislative Assembly had been adjourned until March 26