NEW DELHI: The Congress party suffered a major setback on Tuesday when one of its senior leaders Jyotiraditya Scindia resigned from the party along with 22 Congress MLAs from Madhya Pradesh. It is expected that the Congress leader will switch to BJP later in the evening.
Here are the latest developments from the day —
22 Congress MLAs from Madhya Pradesh tender resignation
As per the latest reports, 22 Congress MLAs from Madhya Pradesh have tendered their resignation by Tuesday evening. Congress MLAs from Sumawali (Morena) Adal Singh Kansana and Manoj Choudhary from Hatpipliya constituency in Dewas were the latest to send their resignations.
Earlier, as many as 19 MLAs of the ruling Congress in Madhya Pradesh, most of them believed to be loyal to expelled party leader Jyotiraditya Scindia, sent their resignation letters via e-mail to Raj Bhavan. "We have received resignations of 19 MLAs through e-mails with attachments," a Raj Bhawan official told PTI.
Scindia tenders his resignation to Congress president Sonia Gandhi
After his meeting with Shah and Modi, Jyotiraditya Scindia finally resigned from the primary membership of the party and sent his resignation letter to interim Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
The resignation is dated March 9, suggesting the decision was taken a day earlier.
While tendering his resignation, he cited, "…as you well know, this is a path that has been drawing itself out over the last year." He added that he is "unable" to "serve" people have been a part of the Congress.
He added that to respect the "aspirations of my people and my workers", he has taken this decision.
On its part, the Congress expelled the party general secretary and scion of the erstwhile Gwalior royal family on charges of anti-party activities.
Jyotiraditya Scindia meets Amit Shah & Narendra Modi
Amid a political crisis in Madhya Pradesh, Union home minister Amit Shah and Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia were seen leaving from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Lok Kalyan Marg residence on Tuesday. At the PM's residence, the three leaders were huddled in a meeting for over an hour.
Twenty ministers in Kamal Nath government resign
On Monday evening, the Congress government in Madhya Pradesh plunged into a political crisis after a sulking Jyotiraditya Scindia, along with at least 17 MLAs, virtually raised a banner of revolt prompting CM Kamal Nath to call a late-night cabinet meeting where around 20 ministers present resigned reposing their faith in his leadership.
Nath had cut short his Delhi visit and rushed to Bhopal where he had called the urgent cabinet meeting at around 10 pm after a faction led by senior leader Jyotiraditya Scindia who, along with at least 17 legislators, went incommunicado, sparking intense speculation about the fate of his government.
Many of these legislators, including ministers, had flown to Bengaluru earlier in the day.
Scindia's conflict with the Congress party
Scindia, once considered a rising star of the party, has long been at loggerheads with Kamal Nath who belongs to the old guard. After narrowly winning the state Assembly elections in December 2018, Kamal Nath took over as chiRead More – Source