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Jyotiraditya Scindia resigns from Congress primary membership, Kamal Nath Govt set to fall

Senior Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia on Tuesday tendered his resignation from the primary membership of the Indian National Congress after 18 years of his joining the party. He sent his resignation ... #KamalNathGovtsettofall#

Samuel Mathai

Bhopal: Senior Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia on Tuesday tendered his resignation from the primary membership of the Indian National Congress after 18 years of his joining the party. He sent his resignation to the party’s interim president Sonia Gandhi.

Scindia along with Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday morning, amid indications that he may join hands with the BJP to topple the Madhya Pradesh government, called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

A faction led by Jyotiraditya Scindia who, along with at least 17 legislators, went incommunicado, sparking intense speculation about the fate of Kamal Nath-led Congress government in Madhya Pradesh. According to sources, as many as 20 Scindia loyalist MLAs of the state are also keeping their resignations ready to submit.

In a surprise move, all 20 Cabinet ministers in the Madhya Pradesh government tendered their resignations to Chief Minister Kamal Nath at around 11:30 pm Monday, plunging the state's Congress government into a political uncertainty. The CM accepted their resignations and is likely to reconstitute the Cabinet today.

Meanwhile, according to media reports, former Congress president Rahul Gandhi reached the residence of current president Sonia Gandhi to discuss the political crisis in Madhya Pradesh after several MLAs close to former Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia flew to Bengaluru and went incommunicado. A legislative party meeting of the Congress will take place in Bhopal on Tuesday.

Earlier, allegations had been made against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the principal Opposition in the state, for holding at least eight Madhya Pradesh MLAs against their will at a resort in Gurugram and in Bengaluru.

In the 2018 Assembly election, Congress, which had won 114 seats in the 230-member House, had formed the government with the support of four Independent MLAs and two BSP MLAs, and a legislator from the Samajwadi Party (SP). The BJP had secured 109 seats in the state Assembly.

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