New Delhi: Fresh trouble came up for the Kamal Nath government in Madhya Pradesh on Monday as 17 of its MLAs, with close aide to former MP Jyotiraditya Scindia, went missing while the Chief Minister was in Delhi holding a meeting with party head Sonia Gandhi. The MLAs, including six ministers, reportedly flew out to Bengaluru and went incommunicado with party members. Also Read - Man Walks 200 KMs From Delhi to Reach Madhya Pradesh But Dies in Agra
Bengaluru in the BJP-led Karnataka seems to have become a go-to destination ever since the rebel Congress MLAs took shelter in a city hotel during the Karnataka conundrum last year. Some of the missing MLAs may have also flown to Delhi, few reports claimed. There are also reports that some of the party legislators might be in touch with the BJP. Also Read - 'Stay Away From Me, I Violated Lockdown,' MP Cop Writes on Forehead of Labourer | Watch
The development comes amid the horse-trading allegations on the Congress government in the state. Since past one week, there has been a buzz around the town that attempts were being made by the opposing BJP to destabilize the government and create a rift within the ruling party. Also Read - BSF Officer, Posted at Quarantine Centre in Madhya Pradesh, Tests Positive; Wife With Travel History to UK Isolated
Chief Minister Kamal Nath, who was discussing the ongoing situation with Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi earlier this morning, hit back at the BJP saying that their corruption will be exposed soon. “BJP se ab raha nahi ja raha (BJP cannot contain it anymore). Their corruption, done during their 15 years, is going to be exposed, so they are perturbed,” he said speaking to reporters.
Nath and Scindia have locked horns several times before, however, since last month, the two have taken a prominent presence in public. According to reports, pro-Scindia supporters and MLAs want the former MP to take charge as the state party president along with a Rajya Sabha nomination.
Scindia had lost out of the chief ministerial race in December 2018 after falling short of sizeable support from MLAs. As a result, Kamal Nath took over the position, retaining his control as the president of the Congress’ state unit.
The 230-seat Assembly went to the polls in 2018 in which Congress was one seat short of the majority mark (115) but formed the government with the support of the Independents and others. The BJP won 107 seats.