New Delhi: It’s time for some troubleshooting for the Madhya Pradesh government. In a late-night development on Monday, all ministers of the Kamal Nath-led Madhya Pradesh government tendered in their resignations calling for the reconstitution of the state cabinet. The resignations have been accepted by the Chief Minister. Also Read - More Nuanced, Compassionate Approach Required to Deal With Crisis: Rahul Gandhi on Lockdown
Nath called for an urgent meeting of the state cabinet at his residence stating that he had some major announcement to make. In the meeting, he asked the ministers to put in their papers, setting off a redistribution of cabinet portfolios with rebel MLAs in focus. Also Read - Madhya Pradesh: Day After Govt Formation, Kamal Nath Meets Successor Chouhan, Assures Support
Releasing a statement following the meeting, CM Kamal Nath said, “I won’t let those forces succeed which are creating instability with mafia’s help. My biggest strength is trust and love of people of MP. I won’t let those forces succeed which are creating instability in govt – a govt created by people of Madhya Pradesh.” Also Read - Forgery Case Against Scindia Closed, Hours After Shivraj Singh Chouhan Returns as MP CM
The development comes after 17 MLAs of the Congress government in MP, fled to Bengaluru earlier today, going incommunicado with the party. These leaders, including six cabinet ministers, were close aides of party leader Jyotiraditya Scindia who has been in a tussle with Nath over the chief ministerial position. Notably, Scindia had lost out of the chief ministerial race in December 2018 after falling short of sizeable support from MLAs.
Meanwhile, the Madhya Pradesh government has been in the face of controversy after the BJP in the state made poaching allegations on CM Kamal Nath.
In a parallel development, the BJP in Madhya Pradesh has been strategising its way in case the present government falls. Notably, Union Home Minister Amit Shah had chaired a meeting with BJP MLAs to discuss its RS poll strategy as former chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan rushed to Delhi to inform the party leadership of the ongoing situation.
Speculations are that Shivraj Singh Chouhan may be elected as the leader of the BJP legislature party in another meeting on Tuesday. BJP officials have also claimed that in case the Nath government falls, Chouhan may get the next CM post.
Chouhan 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.