Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath (Photo Credit: PTI)
All ministers present in a cabinet meeting chaired by Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath on Monday night submitted their resignations to him, a senior minister said here. "We have expressed our solidarity with the chief minister and submitted resignations to him in the cabinet meeting," the senior minister told PTI.
Earlier today, in a major turn of events, 15 Congress MPs which include 6 ministers of the Kamal Nath-led Madhya Pradesh government flew down to Bengaluru. Jyotiraditya Scindia, who is believed to be at the core of the crisis, reportedly met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. Scindia has been sulking for a long time because he was neither made the state Congress unit chief — a post still held by Chief Minister Kamal Nath — nor assured of a Rajya Sabha berth. Meanwhile, Home Minister Amit Shah called on former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to discuss the future course of action.
Here are top points on Madhya Pradesh crisis:
1. All the 16 cabinet ministers of Madhya Pradesh who were present at the meeting with CM Kamal Nath, tendered their resignations to him which have been accepted. Only 16 cabinet ministers were present at the meeting.
2. Home Minister Amit Shah held an emergency meeting with Senior leaders of Madhya Pradesh BJP -- including former chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and its MP from Morena, Narendra Singh Tomar. The BJP has called its MLAs to Bhopal for a show of strength and a meeting is likely to be held tomorrow evening.
3. On Monday, more than a dozen legislators, including at least six ministers in the Kamal Nath government, kept their phones switched off amid rumours that they could have been taken to a resort outside Bengaluru.
4. Kamal Nath met with Congress MLAs and senior leaders like Digvijaya Singh. The Kamal Nath government has 120 MLAs -- just four over the majority mark of 116 in the 230-member assembly.
5. Kamal Nath had earlier cut short his Delhi visit and rushed to Bhopal where he had called an urgent cabinet meeting at around 10 PM after intense speculation about a possible revolt by a faction led by senior leader Jyotiraditya Scindia who, along with at least 17 legislators, went incommunicado.