New Delhi: Amid an ongoing crisis of the Kamal Nath government in Madhya Pradesh, reports surfaced on Monday evening that former BJP president Amit Shah held a meeting with former state chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in Delhi. Also Read - BSF Officer, Posted at Quarantine Centre in Madhya Pradesh, Tests Positive; Wife With Travel History to UK Isolated
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Soon after the disappearance of Nath’s ministers along with a dozen Congress MLAs, the Bharatiya Janata Party in Madhya Pradesh had called an emergency meeting to fix their Rajya Sabha poll strategy. Senior party leaders in the state, including Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar attended the meeting at Shah’s residence. The BJP has also called its MLAs to Bhopal for a show of strength and a meeting will be held tomorrow evening. Also Read - Madhya Pradesh: Day After Govt Formation, Kamal Nath Meets Successor Chouhan, Assures Support
The party had sent a list of 20 to 22 names, including that of national general secretaries Ram Madhav and Kailash Vijayvargiya, to its Central poll panel to pick two candidates for the RS polls.
Chouhan, before his meeting with Amit Shah, also briefed the top party brass, including its president J P Nadda, about the development in the state. Notably, the BJP leader has served as MP chief minister for three consecutive terms from 2005 to 2018, before losing to Congress leader Kamal Nath by a wafer-thin margin.
Meanwhile, Nath also held an urgent meeting with former Chief Minister Digvijay Singh to discuss how to go about the situation ahead of RS polls. The Kamal Nath-led Congress government has been fighting for its breath ever since the BJP in the state made poaching allegations against it.
Nath who has locked horns with his party mate Jyotiraditya Scindia several times before is in worse shape after 17 pro-Scindia MLAs, including six state ministers, went incommunicado earlier today and reportedly took refuge in Bengaluru in BJP-run Karnataka.
The Rajya Sabha terms of Congress veteran Digvijay Singh, and BJP leaders Prabhat Jha and Satyanarayan Jatiya will end on April 9.