Bhopal: Both the ruling Congress and the opposition BJP in Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday decided to herd their respective MLAs to undisclosed locations to prevent attempts to 'poach' them.
A rattled Congress, which witnessed 22 of its MLAs resigning, decided to take remaining 92 legislators to an undisclosed location. "We are going to take our 92 MLAs who are supporting the state government to possibly some hotel," a senior Congress leader said.
Jyotiraditya Scindia, to whose faction in MP Congress the rebel 22 MLAs belong, announced earlier on Tuesday that he was leaving the party. In the event of acceptance of resignations of 22 MLAs -- many of them lodged in Bengaluru, capital of BJP-ruled Karnataka -- the Kamal Nath government would be reduced to minority in Assembly whose current strength is 228.
The Congress is also keeping a close watch on four Independents supporting it.
With the possibility of the Congress, which would be reduced to minority in the Assembly if the resignations of its MLAs are accepted, trying to poach BJP's legislators, the saffron party was taking precautions to keep its flock together, sources added.
After the meeting, Leader of the Opposition Gopal Bhargava said all the party MLAs were going to "celebrate Holi" at an undisclosed location. "We are going to celebrate Holi. We are going to the airport in buses. From there we will leave for the location as per the directives of party leaders," he said, without disclosing what their destination would be.
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