New Delhi: Hours after the Madhya Pradesh tussle as the state’s BJP tried to destabilise the Kamal Nath government, Maharashtra minister Ashok Chavan on Wednesday came in support of the Chief Minister and said that BJP’s behaviour was more worrying than the outbreak of coronavirus and that the Congress was trying to find an ‘antibiotic’. Also Read - From Free Bus Tickets to Fridges, Gifts Galore For People Getting Vaccinated in MP's Indore
Hitting out at the saffron party, the Maharashtra Congress leader said despite the BJP’s attempts under its alleged “Operation Lotus” to poach MLAs, there was no threat to the Madhya Pradesh government as Kamal Nath was a “very able” chief minister. Also Read - West Bengal: NHRC Forms 7-Member Panel to Probe Post-Poll Violence
“BJP’s behaviour is more worrying than coronavirus. Hence, precaution must be taken. We are trying to find an antibiotic for it.” Also Read - Sharad Pawar to Chair Opposition's Key Meet on Tuesday in Delhi After Chat With Prashant Kishor
“The BJP tries to poach MLAs in the states where it is not in power. But Kamal Nath is a very able chief minister and there is no threat to Congress government in Madhya Pradesh,” Chavan said.
Chavan added that ‘Operation Lotus’ has become a “routine affair” now and that non-BJP parties, including Congress, have grown accustomed to it.
However, his accusation did not go too well with Maharashtra BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar, who hit back saying it does not behove a leader of the former’s stature to make such comments.
“If that is the case, then the word coronavirus begins with letter ‘c’ and so does the word ‘Congress’…a provision needs to be made in the budget to train leaders (on what to speak),” Mungantiwar said, adding that the BJP never indulges in horse-trading to form the government.
Earlier today, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath asserted that BJP, with the help of its “mafias”, has unsuccessfully undermined the Congress and his government in the state will complete the five-year term with full majority in the assembly which they have proved during the recent budget session.
The drama erupted at midnight yesterday after eight Madhya Pradesh MLAs — four from the ruling Congress and four others who extended their support to the Congress — were reportedly held hostage in a Gurugram hotel.