Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Governor Lalji Tandon on Friday expelled six ministers — Imarti Devi, Tulsi Silawat, Govind Singh Rajput, Mahendra Singh Sisodia, Pardyuman Singh Tomar and Prabhuram Chaudhary — from the State Cabinet on the recommendation of Chief Minister Kamal Nath.
Earlier, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress MLAs gathered at Raja Bhoj airport in Bhopal after they got to know that MLAs supporting Jyotiraditya Scindia were returning from Bengaluru. The lawmakers of both the parties shouted slogans and even a scrimmage was reported, after which the police imposed Section 144 at the airport.
Kamal Nath requests Guv to ensure release of MLAs
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath today met Governor Lalji Tandon at Raj Bhavan in Bhopal and handed over him a letter alleging horse trading by BJP in the state. Nath requested the Governor to ensure "release of MLAs held in captivity in Bengaluru". Twenty-two MLAs reportedly loyalists to now BJP leader Jyotiraditya Scindia are holed up in a hotel in Bengaluru.
These MLAs have resigned from the Congress soon after Scindia quit the primary membership of the party. Out of these, 19 were in Bengaluru. The resignation letters of all the MLAs were submitted to Assembly speaker NP Prajapati by a BJP delegation.
According to latest reports, the Bhopal visit of Congress MLAs supporting Kamal Nath government stands cancelled at the last moment. The MLAs will be staying back in Bengaluru.
A day after a minister in the crisis-stricken Kamal Nath government was allegedly stopped by police from entering a resort near here where 19 of the 22 rebel Congress MLAs from Madhya Pradesh were believed to be holed up, Karnataka Congress' President-designate DK Shivakumar along with him approached the ADGP, seeking help.
Shivakumar, accompanied by Madhya Pradesh Ministers Jitu Patwari and Balaram Choudhary, along with Narayan Choudhary, who is father of one of the MLAs Manoj Choudhary, met ADGP Amar Kumar Pandey at the DGP office here. Narayan Choudhary requested police to give him an opportunity to meet his son and submitted a memorandum in this regard.
Alleging that his son Manoj was forcibly brought here by "some people" and kept in the resort, Narayan Choudhary said, "Though my son wanted to meet us, he was not allowed by some local people said to be BJP members threatened us and took us to the local police station without any reason."
"Our ministers and leaders were harassed when they tried to meet the MLAs in Bengaluru. This is a conspiracy orchestrated by the BJP," Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath said when asked about 22 rebel Congress MLAs camping in Bengaluru.
After the resignation of 22 rebel Congress MLAs, the opposition BJP will push for a floor test on the opening day of the assembly session i.e. March 16, while the Congress, staring at a possible collapse of its government, is seeking to buy time to win back some of its legislators.
Amid the prevailing political crisis in the state, a beleaguered Congress and a buoyed BJP are readying their strategies for the coming days when a part of the drama is likely to be played out in the assembly whose budget session starts from March 16. The 15-month-old Kamal Nath government plunged into crisis after a rebellion by a section of Congress MLAs earlier this week.
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