Bhopal: The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), which extended its support to the Congress in Madhya Pradesh, threatened to oppose the Kamal Nath-led government if the party does not induct its MLAs in the Cabinet.
“Congress govt in MP has been formed with support of Behen Ji (BSP Chief Mayawati). We demand ministerial berth for 2 BSP MLAs in Kamal Nath government. We’ve seen the situation in Karnataka, we don’t want a similar situation here,” BSP MLA Ramabai Ahirwar said in Damoh on Tuesday.
Adding further, she said, “If they (Congress) don’t give us ministerial berth, then not only me but others will also oppose. They need to keep everyone happy. If he (Kamal Nath) wants to keep the party strong, then firstly, he must make us strong. He should give us the ministerial berth.”
In the Madhya Pradesh Assembly Elections 2018, the Congress emerged to power in the state after a hiatus of 15 years.
Though the Congress, with 114 seats, emerged as the single largest party in the 230-member Assembly, it failed to cross the halfway mark on its own. The party was offered support by the BSP and the SP, which have won two seats and one, respectively. Four Independent MLAs, who are Congress rebels, also extended their support, taking the total number of MLAs on the Congress side to 121.
The BJP had won 109 seats. Senior Congress leader Kamal Nath, took oath as the 18th chief minister of Madhya Pradesh on December 17.