Bhopal: In a late-night development all 18 cabinet ministers present at a meeting with Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath have tendered their resignation as the Congress government in the state attempts to ward off a split in the party.
According to party sources, this was a part of a rejig plan by Nath as his rival in the party, Jyotiraditya Scindia, has flown out at least 18 MLAs loyal to him to Bengaluru. The decision was taken by Kamal Nath at a meeting attended by Cabinet ministers, the sources said.
In a statement issued after the meeting, Chief Minister 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 Madhya Pradesh. I won't let those forces succeed which are creating instability in government, a government created by people of Madhya Pradesh."
This comes amid the reports of infighting in the Madhya Pradesh Congress and allegations of poaching by the BJP. The Congress had earlier accused the BJP of trying to poach its MLAs to topple the Kamal Nath-led government, which enjoys a wafer-thin majority in the House. The infighting comes ahead of the Rajya Sabha polls which are scheduled to be held on March 26. The nominations for the three seats of Rajya Sabha will close on March 13.
Earlier on Monday, Nath met top Congress leaders, including party chief Sonia Gandhi, in Delhi to meet top to discuss the current political situation in the state.
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