New Delhi: Amid the ongoing political developments in Madhya Pradesh, the Congress on Friday ‘warned’ the BJP, whom it has accused of trying to topple the state government, saying that for every one minister poached by the BJP, it will poach three from the saffron party. Also Read - Alleging Negligence, Congress MLA Hardeep Singh Dang Resigns From Madhya Pradesh Assembly
The ‘warning’ from the state PWD minister Sajjan Kumar Singh came after a meeting at Chief Minister Kamal Nath’s residence late last night. Addressing media after the meeting, Singh remarked, “Hum ek ke badle teen wicket giraenge (we’ll take three of their wickets for every wicket that we lose).” Also Read - BJP's Behaviour More Worrying Than Coronavirus: Ashok Chavan on Madhya Pradesh Drama
The meeting had been called amid what the Congress calls as ‘attempts being made by the BJP to topple the elected government in the state.’ While the party is said to have managed the situation for now, some of its MLAs are still reported to be ‘missing.’
Earlier on Thursday, one of its MLAs, Hardeep Singh Dang, resigned from the Legislative Assembly, alleging that he was being ‘ignored’ by the state leadership.
The entire episode began late Tuesday night, when the Congress alleged that eight of its MLAs have been taken by the BJP to Haryana’s Gurugram. where the saffron party is currently in power, in a bid to topple the Madhya Pradesh government, where the Congress is in power with the support of four Independent MLAs, two Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MLAs and a Samajwadi Party (SP) MLA.
The BJP, which was voted out of power from Madhya Pradesh in December 2018 after 15 years in power there, has 109 seats in the 230-seat Assembly. The Congress, meanwhile, has 113 seats, just three short of the majority mark.
On Monday, senior Congress leader and former Chief Minister Digvijaya Singh had accused five BJP leaders, including Kamal Nath’s predecessor Shivraj Singh Chouhan, of being involved in the alleged attempts to poach MLAs to bring down the state government. The BJP, however, had laughed off the allegations.