Congress has a wafer-thin majority in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly.
Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia on Tuesday resigned from the party and is all set to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) shortly, taking 22 legislators with him—an event that may pull down the 15-month-old Kamal Nath government in Madhya Pradesh.
Moments after Scindhia flagged by Home Minister Amit Shah met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a shell-shocked Congress, in a largely symbolic move of no consequence expelled him from the primary membership of the party. In the resignation letter dated March 9 to Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Scindia said "It is now time for me to move on" as he was unable to serve the people of the country while remaining in the party.
Congress has a wafer-thin majority in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly whose current effective strength is 228. If the resignations of the 17 MLAs is accepted, the strength of the Assembly will fall to 211. The magic number for retaining the majority then will be 106. The Congress, however, will be left with 97 seats while the BJP has 104 seats.
Scindia's exit reignites 'old versus young' debate
The exit of Jyotiraditya Scindia signals the deepening leadership crisis in the Congress which continues to grapple with factionalism and growing power struggles between old and young leaders.
The fact that Scindia failing to get an audience with Congress President Sonia Gandhi, as pointed out by sources, reinforces the grudge many hold in the party about the high command becoming progressively distant. Scindia's departure is seen as a big blow to the Congress, which lost a prominent young face, but it is also feared that his revolt may trigger a wave of dissensions in the party where youngsters have long felt sidelined by veterans.
Crisis in MP: Nath's confidant Verma to fly to Bengaluru
Madhya Pradesh minister Sajjan Singh Verma, a confidant of Chief Minister Kamal Nath, will fly to Bengaluru on Tuesday night and try to woo back the Congress MLAs who are staying there, sources said. These legislators are among 22 Congress MLAs who have resigned from the Assembly.
`Resort politics' starts in MP: Cong, BJP to move MLAs to unknown locations
Both the ruling Congress and 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.
Cong leaders slam Scindia, say he chose 'personal ambition' over ideology
Several Congress leaders slammed Jyotiraditya Scindia on Tuesday for quitting the party, accusing him of betraying the trust of the people and placing "personal ambition" over ideology.
Hitting out at Scindia, many Congress leaders referred to the 1857 revolt against the East India Company and the role of the Scindia royals back then as well as Vijaya Raje Scindia's switch from the Congress in 1967.
'Resort politics' returns as Scindia quits; Cong scrambles to save MP govt
As many as 22 Congress MLAs in Madhya Pradesh resigned on Tuesday, putting survival of the Kamal Nath-led government in the state in doubt. The development came on the day senior leader Jyotiraditya Scindia, to whose faction the 22 MLAs including six ministers belonged, announcing that he had quit the party. Both Congress and opposition BJP held meetings of their legislature wings on Tuesday evening, and decided to move their respective MLAs to unknown locations. Read More Here
Congress leaders head to Bengaluru
Congress leaders Sajjan Singh Verma and Dr Govind Singh have left for Bengaluru. They will meet some of the 19 rebel MLAs and try and convince them to return to the party.
Madhya Pradesh Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Govind Singh addresses Congress legislature party meeting at CM's residence in Bhopal. PTI
Congress scrambles leaders for MP
Congress leaders Mukul Wasnik, Harish Rawat and Deepak Babaria left for Bhopal. They will reach Bhopal late night today.
Kamal Nath on future of Cong govt
There is nothing to worry about, we will prove our majority. Our government will complete its term, says CM Kamal Nath.
We are going either to Bengaluru or Delhi: BJP MLAs
Buses parked near the party office in Bhopal, begin leaving from the spot. BJP MLAs of the state have boarded the buses. MLA Vijay Shah (pic 4) says, "We are going either to Bengaluru or Delhi."
Madhya Pradesh: Buses parked near the party office in Bhopal, begin leaving from the spot. BJP MLAs of the state have boarded the buses. MLA Vijay Shah (pic 4) says, "We are going either to Bengaluru or Delhi." pic.twitter.com/cp36sxMk4p
Resolution passed in the Congress legislative party meet in Bhopal
Congress legislative party condemns the unfortunate manner in which attempt has been made to insult the people's mandate by satisfying the personal ambitions of Jyotiraditya Scindia.
The government has no threat, we will prove the majority: Congress MLA
Meeting (legislative part meet) was good. All Congress MLAs, including independents, were present. We have the number,we'll fight this together. MLAs who were rounded up were told that Scindia ji has to demand a Rajya Sabha seat so they need to come together. But when the talks of him (Jyotiraditya Scindia) going to BJP started, these MLAs became angry. They are all in contact with the Chief Minister. The government has no threat, we will prove the majority in the Assembly.
MP BJP legislative party meeting is underway in Bhopal
BJP's legislative party meeting is underway at the party office in Bhopal. Union Minister & MP from Damoh, Prahlad Patel and other senior leaders of the party are also present.
Madhya Pradesh: BJP's legislative party meeting is underway at the party office in Bhopal. Union Minister & MP from Damoh, Prahlad Patel and other senior leaders of the party are also present. pic.twitter.com/TUIEluhDUH
Keeping tabs on MP developments, will take decision after reaching Raj Bhavan: Guv
On a day when Jyotiraditya Scindia quit the Congress and 22 MLAs close to him resigned from the Madhya Pradesh assembly, Governor Lalji Tandon said he is keeping tabs on political developments and will take a decision only after reaching the Raj Bhavan in Bhopal. Tandon is currently in Lucknow to celebrate Holi with his family and made the remarks in a conversation with an English news channel over the phone.
When asked whether the Governor House (Raj Bhavan) is keeping tabs on the prevailing situation in Madhya Pradesh, he said, "Yes, yes definitely. Whatever decision I have to take, I will do so once I reach the Raj Bhavan." When asked as to when will he return Bhopal, Tandon said he was on leave till March 12 to celebrate Holi with his family.
MP Cong meet underway, 22 party MLAs, 3 of allies skip
Amid the crisis caused by resignations of 22 legislators, meeting of the Congress Legislative Party (CLP) in Madhya Pradesh began here on Tuesday evening, with 92 of 114 party MLAs attending it. The 22 MLAs, who have resigned from the Assembly and most of whom are supporters of Jyotiraditya Scindia who quit the Congress earlier on Tuesday, were absent, sources said. Two BSP MLAs and the lone SP MLA supporting the Congress government too skipped the meeting, spelling more trouble for the Kamal Nath-led Congress government which is on the brink of collapse, sources added.
In Pics | BJP meeting at BJP HQ
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives for Central Election Committee meeting at BJP HQ in New Delhi. PTI
Prime Minister Narendra Modi during Central Election Committee meeting at BJP HQ in New Delhi. PTI
BJP leaders submit resignations of 19 Cong MLAs to Speaker
A delegation of BJP leaders on Tuesday met Madhya Pradesh Assembly Speaker N P Prajapati here and handed resignations of 19 Congress MLAs who are holed up in a resort in Bengaluru. After receiving the letters, Prajapati told reporters that he will take decision as per the rules. Senior BJP leader Bhupendra Singh reached here on Tuesday afternoon by a special flight, carrying with him the resignations, said BJP MLA Vishwas Sarang. So far, 22 Congress legislators have submitted their resignations from the state assembly in the wake of senior leader Jyotiraditya Scindia's exit from the party.
Cong leaders slam Scindia, say he chose 'personal ambition' over ideology
Several Congress leaders slammed Jyotiraditya Scindia on Tuesday for quitting the party, accusing him of betraying the trust of the people and placing "personal ambition" over ideology. Hitting out at Scindia, many Congress leaders referred to the 1857 revolt against the East India Company and the role of the Scindia royals back then as well as Vijaya Raje Scindia's switch from the Congress in 1967. Congress' prominent youth leader Jyotiraditya Scindia quit the party on Tuesday and appeared set to join the BJP amid a rebellion in Madhya Pradesh by his supporters, pushing the 15-month-old Kamal Nath government to the brink of collapse. READ MORE HERE
Jyotiraditya Scindia (PTI)
PM Modi at BJP HQ
Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaches BJP Headquarters in Delhi. a press conference is likely to begin with the PM welcoming Scindia in the BJP fold. A BJP Central Election Committee meeting is underway. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah, Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari are already at BJP HQ.
Scindia's exit a big blow; many devoted leaders feel alienated: Cong MLA Bishno
Senior Haryana Congress leader Kuldeep Bishnoi on Tuesday described Jyotiraditya Scindia's exit from the party a big blow and said there are many devoted leaders across the country who feel "alienated, wasted and discontented". Stressing that Scinda was a central pillar of the party, Bishnoi, who is younger son of the former Haryana chief minister Bhajan Lal, felt that the Congress leadership should have done more to convince him to stay. He also said the party needs to empower young leaders who have the capacity to work hard and resonate with the masses. "Scindia's departure is a big blow to the Congress. He was a central pillar in the party and the leadership should've done more to convince him to stay," the 51-year-old Adampur MLA said in a tweet.
BJP, Cong begins battle in madhya Pradesh
Leader of Opposition in state assembly Gopal Bhargava, Narottam Mishra, and other BJP leaders reached the residence of state assembly Speaker NP Prajapati to submit the resignations of 19 Congress MLAs. The Speaker has said that he will take action according to the established procedure of the state Assembly.
Home Minister Amit Shah arrives at BJP Headquarters
Amid the political turmoil caused by resignations of at least 22 MLAs of the ruling Congress in Madhya Pradesh, a legislator of the BSP and another of the Samajwadi Party met BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday. The Bahujan Samaj Party with its two MLAs and the SP with its sole MLA are supporting the Kamal Nath-led Congress government. BSP MLA from Bhind Sanjiv Singh Kushwaha and SP legislator from Mehgaon, Rajesh Shukla, met Chouhan at his residence here. Chouhan said after the brief meeting that it was a courtesy call on the occasion of Holi.
Just In | MLA from Hatpiplya quits
Congress MLA from Hatpiplya in Madhya Pradesh, Manoj Choudhary, resigns, taking the number of those who have quit to 22.
MP:BJP workers play Holi at party office, say 'Diwali' coming soon
Even as the political crisis that has gripped the Kamal Nath-led government in Madhya Pradesh is still unfolding, workers of the opposition BJP on Tuesday broke into celebrations at the party office here. Scores of BJP workers, including women, danced and smeared each other with colours to mark the festival of Holi. A woman activist, however, said they are elated because of Holi and in view of the early onset of "Diwali", hinting at uncertainty prevailing over survival of the Kamal Nath government.
List of Congress MLAs who quit today
List of Ministers who tendered resignation
Govind Singh Rajput
Dr Prabhuram Choudhry
Pradyumna Singh Tomar
Mahendra Singh Sisodia
List of MLAs who tendered resignation
Hardeep Singh Dang
Brajendra Singh Yadav
Ranveer Singh Jatav
Just In | Another Congress MLA resigns
Troubles rising for MP CM Kamal Nath as another Congress MLA resigns, the number rises to 21.
It is now time for me to move on: Scindia
"Having been a primary member of the Congress party for the last 18 years. It is now time for me to move on. I am tendering my resignation from the primary membership of the Congress and as you well know this is a path that has been drawing itself out over the last year," Scindia wrote in the letter. "While my aim and purpose remains the same as it has always been from the very beginning, to serve the people of my state and my country, I believe I am unable to do this anymore within this party," Scindia said in his resignation letter posted on Twitter.
A meeting between BJP chief JP Nadda and Home Minister Amit Shah has concluded. The meeting comes hours after Jyotiraditya Scindia quit the Congress amid speculations of joining hands with the BJP.
MP: BJP workers play Holi at party office, say 'Diwali' coming
Even as the political crisis that has gripped the Kamal Nath-led government in Madhya Pradesh is still unfolding, workers of the opposition BJP on Tuesday broke into celebrations at the party office here.
Scores of BJP workers, including women, danced and smeared each other with colours to mark the festival of Holi.
A woman activist, however, said they are elated because of Holi and in view of the early onset of "Diwali", hinting at uncertainty prevailing over survival of the Kamal Nath government.
After Madhya Pradesh drama, is Rajasthan next on BJP's political agenda?
After the resignation of Jyotiraditya Scindia, the Madhya Pradesh government of the Congress is facing its worst crisis as 17 of party MLAs are still untraceable.
But after the Madhya Pradesh fiasco, Rajasthan could be the next state where the government is surviving on a razor thin majority as Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot are not on good terms.
In the latest development, Sachin pilot has opposed the move to send Rajiv Arora, a diamond merchant, to the Rajya Sabha as Gehlot proposed his name to the Congress leadership, said a source.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Tuesday accused Jyotiraditya Scindia of betraying the trust of people and ideology, saying people like him cannot thrive without power and the sooner they leave the better it is.
Hitting out at Scindia soon after he resigned from the Congress, Gehlot said joining hands with the BJP atthe time of national crisis spoke volumes about his self-indulgent political ambitions.
"Mr Scindia has betrayed the trust of people as well as the ideology. Such people prove that they can't thrive without power. Sooner they leave the better," he said on Twitter.
"Joining hands with the BJP in a time of national crisis speaks volumes about a leader's self-indulgent political ambitions, especially when the BJP is ruining the economy, democratic institutions, social fabric and as well the judiciary," he said.
Joining hands with BJP in a time of national crisis speaks volumes about a leaders self-indulgent political ambitions. Especially when the BJP ruining the economy, democratic institutions, social fabric and as well the Judiciary.
This is 'ghar vapasi', says Yashodhara Scindia on Jyotiraditya Scindia's resignation
Yashodhara Scindia, BJP leader & aunt of Jyotiraditya Scindia: I am very happy and congratulate him. This is 'ghar vapasi'. Madhavrao Scindia had started his political career with Jan Sangh. Jyotiraditya was being neglected in Congress. pic.twitter.com/m3Rtml7XrE
19 Congress MLAs, who are staying in Bengaluru, write a letter to Karnataka DGP, demanding protection
19 Congress MLAs, who are staying in Bengaluru, write a letter to Karnataka DGP, demanding protection&police escort. Letter reads, "We've come to Karnataka voluntarily for some important work, regarding which we require protection for our safe movement&stay in& around Bangaluru". https://t.co/pHiIM3uJtm
In the future, Congress again will form the government, says Laxman Singh
Laxman Singh, Congress: Whatever happened let it be. Now we should be ready to sit in the opposition. In the future, Congress again will form the government. I don't think there will be much number game. We will meet the Chief Minister and discuss it.
Kamal Nath writes to MP Governor, recommends the immediate removal of six ministers
Chief Minister Kamal Nath writes to Madhya Pradesh Governor, recommends the immediate removal of six ministers. pic.twitter.com/wcUxg6LKLt
Here's how the numbers stack up if the Congress MLAs exit from the Madhya Pradesh government.
Total assembly size
120 MLAs with Kamal Nath government
Majority mark: 116
Margin: 4 above majority mark
Composition: 114 Congress, 6 allies
Without 20 Congress MLAs
Majority mark comes down to 104
Total MLAs falls to 207
Not surprised that Jyotiraditya Scindia resigned from Congress & will join BJP: Former Foreign Minister Natwar Singh
Former Foreign Minister Natwar Singh: I am not surprised that Jyotiraditya Scindia resigned from Congress & will join BJP. I feel he will be sent to Rajya Sabha & inducted into Union Cabinet. His father Madhavrao Scindia would have been Prime Minister if he had lived.
Most of the Congress MLAs will resign from the Congress in coming days as they are fed up with the functioning of Kamal Nath govt
Bisahu Lal Sahu: I have resigned from the Congress as well as from the membership of State Assembly. I have joined BJP. Most of the Congress MLAs will resign from the Congress in coming days as they are fed up with the functioning of Kamal Nath govt
Jyotiraditya Scindia leaves from his residence
Delhi: Jyotiraditya Scindia leaves from his residence. He had met PM Narendra Modi and HM Amit Shah earlier today and had tendered his resignation to Congress President Sonia Gandhi pic.twitter.com/rRMrSJDxND
The government is not going to fall, says Congress leader Kantilal Bhuria
Congress leader Kantilal Bhuria after meeting Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath: State govt is strong and it will continue to run. The government is not going to fall because someone is saying so. We have required number of MLAs.
Indian Youth Congress (IYC) chief Srinivas B V on Tuesday slammed Jyotiraditya Scindia, who has announced his resignation from the primary membership of the Congress, and thanked party chief Sonia Gandhi for expelling the former Guna MP "who was promoting anti-party activities and factionalism".
Soon after meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi on Tuesday, disgruntled Madhya Pradesh Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia tendered his resignation to party president Sonia Gandhi, saying it was now time for him to move on.
"The history of 1857 and 1967 was once again repeated," Srinivas B V said, referring to the 1857 Revolt against East India Company and the role of the Scindia royals back then as well as Vijayaraje Scindia's switch from the Congress to the Jana Sangh in 1967.
"I would like to thank Congress president Sonia Gandhiji for taking the strong steps to expel the leader who was promoting anti-party activities and factionalism," the IYC chief said.
"No person is, nor will be greater than the party," he added.
MP political crisis: Digvijaya Singh, other Congress leaders meet Kamal Nath
Amid an ongoing political crisis in Madhya Pradesh, Congress leaders Digvijaya Singh, Jitu Patwari, Bala Bachchan, Sajjan Singh Verma, Surendra Singh Baghel and others arrived at Chief Minister Kamal Nath's residence here on Tuesday.
The meeting came even as senior Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia resigned from the party, stating that "it is time to move on."
"Having been a primary member of the Congress Party for the last 18 years. it is now time for me to move on. I am tendering my resignation from the primary membership of the Indian National Congress and as you well know this is a path that has been drawing itself out over the last year," said Scindia in his resignation letter submitted to Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi.
19 Congress MLAs including six state ministers from Madhya Pradesh who are in Bengaluru, tender their resignation from party
Shivraj Singh Chouhan: For some Congress leaders when Scindia was in Congress he was a Maharaja, now he is a mafia?
Shivraj Singh Chouhan: For some Congress leaders when Scindia ji was in Congress he was a Maharaja, now he is a mafia? These are their double standards.
Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary, Congress leader in Lok Sabha: So yes it will indeed be a loss to our party and I don't think our Govt in Madhya Pradesh will survive. This is the present-day politics of BJP, always tries to topple and destabilize opposition govts.
Maybe Scindia got lured by the offer of ministership given by Modi: Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary
Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary, Congress leader in Lok Sabha: Scindia ji held many senior posts in Congress party and was well respected, maybe he got lured by the offer of ministership given by Modi. We know his family has been associated with BJP for decades, but yet it is a big loss.
Jyotiraditya Scindia arrives at his residence after meeting PM Narendra Modi
Delhi: Jyotiraditya Scindia arrives at his residence after meeting PM Narendra Modi and HM Amit Shah. Scindia has tendered his resignation to Congress President Sonia Gandhi pic.twitter.com/o9Fscq1wNm
Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia tenders resignation to Congress President Sonia Gandhi
Congress leadership making hectic efforts to woo back Scindia as crisis looms in Madhya Pradesh
As a crisis loomed over the Congress government in Madhya Pradesh, efforts were on to woo back disgruntled leader and former MP Jyotiraditya Scindia who remains 'incommunicado', party sources said.
Seventeen MLAs, including at least six ministers, known to be Scindia loyalists, are currently in Bengaluru. Chief Minister Kamal Nath promised to reconstitute the state Cabinet after an emergency meeting late on Monday night. Following the meet, around 20 ministers resigned reposing faith in Nath's leadership.
18 Madhya Pradesh MLAs camping at resort in Bengaluru
As many as 18 MLAs from Madhya Pradesh, including 16 Congress rebels were camping at a resort amid speculations of infighting in the party's state unit.
Indicating return of resort politics to the city, the MLAs of the ruling Congress in Madhya Pradesh were taken to a resort after their arrival at the HAL airport on Monday by special chartered flights, BJP sources said on Tuesday.
We have evidence that three chartered planes (which reportedly flew Congress MLAs to Bengaluru) were arranged by the BJP: Digvijaya Singh
Congress leader Digvijaya Singh: We have evidence that three chartered planes (which reportedly flew Congress MLAs to Bengaluru) were arranged by the BJP. This is part of a conspiracy to reverse the mandate of people of Madhya Pradesh because Kamal Nath has acted against mafias.
Madhya Pradesh: Congress leaders Digvijaya Singh, Jitu Patwari, Bala Bachchan, Sajjan Singh Verma, Surendra Singh Baghel and others arrive at CM Kamal Nath's residence in Bhopal
Amit Shah and Jyotiraditya Scindia leave from PM Narendra Modi's residence
Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia leave from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's residence.
Congress leader Scindia meets Amit Shah
Senior Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia met Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday amid indications that he may join hands with the BJP to topple the Madhya Pradesh government.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah arrives at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's residence
Bengaluru has been the go-to destination for rebel MLAs on the verge of switching sides from the 15-month-old Kamal Nath government.
Last Tuesday, reports of nearly a dozen Congress MLAs camping at a five-star hotel near Delhi raised the spectre of the BJP toppling the fragile Madhya Pradesh government. One independent MLA was dramatically escorted out by senior Congress leaders after midnight. Later, more returned, some declaring that they were unhappy at being denied ministries.
MP political crisis: Amit Shah chairs meet with BJP MLAs
Senior leaders of Madhya Pradesh BJP -- including former chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and its MP from Morena, Narendra Singh Tomar -- meanwhile attended a meeting at Union minister Amit Shah's home. The BJP has called its MLAs to Bhopal for a show of strength today evening.
Scindia is suffering from swine flu, quips Digvijaya Singh
Taking a dig at party leader Jyotiraditya Scindia amid the ongoing political crisis in Madhya Pradesh, former chief minister and senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Tuesday said that Scindia is suffering from swine flu and is hence unreachable.
"We tried to contact Scindia Ji (Jyotiraditya Scindia) but it is being said that he is suffering from swine flu, so haven't been able to speak to him," Singh quipped while talking to reporters here during the wee hours of Tuesday.
He said that those who are true Congressi will stay in the party and added that those who reject the mandate will be given a befitting reply by the people.
Not interested in toppling Madhya Pradesh govt: Shivraj Singh Chouhan
Senior BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday said that the ongoing political crisis in Madhya Pradesh is the internal matter of the Congress party and BJP is not at all interested in toppling the government.
When asked about the political crisis in the state, Chouhan said, "We have nothing to do with this. This is Congress' internal matter and I would not like to comment on it. We had said on the first day that we are not interested in bringing down the government."