Congress has expelled disgruntled party leader from Madhya Pradesh Jyotiraditya Scindia for “anti-party activities”. Meanwhile, Mr. Scindia said he has resigned from the primary membership of Congress.
Congress president has approved the expulsion of Sh. Jyotiraditya Scindia from the Indian National Congress with immediate effect for anti-party activities, party’s general secretary K.C. Venugopal said.
The resignation letter of Mr. Scindia, dated March 9, 2020 and addressed to party president Sonia Gandhi, stated “this was a path that has been drawing itself out over the last year.”
Mr. Scindia met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah in the national capital on Tuesday, just a day after 17 Madhya Pradesh MLAs supporting him went incommunicado.
CLP meet at 5 p.m., says Omkar Singh Markam
Omkar Singh Markam, who had resigned as the Tribal Affairs Minister, said the Congress legislative party meeting will be held as per schedule at 5 p.m. in Bhopal.
Our mission is to serve the people, not go after power. Congress gave us democracy, fought for the independence. It’ll continue fighting, he added.
On the resignations, Mr. Markam said Vidhan Sabha Speaker will take a call on that.
As of now, we have the numbers. The situation will be reviewed at the legislative party meeting in the evening, Mr. Markam said blaming the BJP for “attempting subvert the government.”
“This is all a result of the hideous plans of Home Minister Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. They play pressure politics, the Congress doesn’t.” Mr. Markam said.
Analysis | Jyotiraditya Scindia revolt a likely turning point in tussle within Congress
The latest revolt and subsequent expulsion of Madhya Pradesh Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia can be a turning point in the tussle between the party’s younger lot of leaders and veterans.
The episode is also indicative of the drift within the Congress and the leadership’s inability to take quick decisions.
Apart from Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan is another State where the veterans managed to edge out Sachin Pilot despite him being the State Congress president who led the party to victory in December 2018.
On Monday, though Mr. Scindia remained incommunicado to Congress leaders, he is reported to have met Mr. Pilot — who is Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister — in Delhi.
19 MLAs of Congress tender resignation
As many as 19 MLAs of the Congress from Madhya Pradesh, including some ministers supporting rebel leader Jyotiraditya Scindia, have tendered their resignation as the members of the Legislative Assembly.
The Governor’s office has confirmed 14 MLAs have sent their resignation via email.
Pankaj Chaturvedi, an aide of Mr. Scindia, confirmed some MLAs supporting him have also resigned from the party.
Jitu Patwari, who resigned as the Sports and Higher Education Minister, took a dig at the Scindia family saying: “One moment in history was scripted with the death of Rani Laxmi Bai of Jhansi in 1857, another with the Samvid (Samyukta Vidhayak Dal) government in 1967 and today another moment is being scripted. In all the three it has been said, ‘yes we are.'”
Maharaja of Gwalior Jayajirao Scindia had sided with the British during the first war of Independence in 1857. And in 1967, Jyotiraditya’s grandmother Vijayaraje Scindia quit the Congress to form the first non-Congress Samyukta Vidhayak Dal government in Madhya Pradesh.
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It’s their internal matter: Chouhan
Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister and BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday maintained that his party was not interested in toppling the government and termed the developments as the “internal matter” of the ruling party.
“This is the Congress’ internal mater 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,” he tweeted.
Congress wooing Scindia
Hectic efforts were underway by the Congress leadership to save the party’s government in Madhya Pradesh, and placate Jyotiraditya Scindia.
The party high command is sending emissaries, including Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot to Mr. Scindia in order to win him back. But the efforts have not borne any fruit yet, sources told PTI.
BJP hand in glove with mafia to destabilise Madhya Pradesh government, says Kamal Nath
Amid political turmoil in Madhya Pradesh, Chief Minister Kamal Nath on Monday accused the BJP of attempting to destabilise the government in connivance with mafia. He said it would not be allowed to succeed at any cost.
Stating that politics of bargaining went against the State’s interests, Mr. Nath claimed in the past 15 years of the BJP regime, mafia in every sector had become a parallel government. “People were fed up with the mafia, and gave the Congress the mandate to get rid of it. I campaigned against the mafia responding to the expectations of the people,” he added.
M.P. govt in crisis
Sixteen Cabinet Ministers of the Congress government in Madhya Pradesh resigned on Monday night and requested the Chief Minister to reconstitute the Cabinet. According to the Chief Minister’s Office, the Ministers, including Home Minister Bala Bachchan, Finance Minister Tarun Bhanot and Law Minister P.C. Sharma, tendered their resignations to Kamal Nath at a late night Cabinet meeting.
The development capped a day of hectic political activity with Mr. Nath forced to rush back to Bhopal from Delhi after 17 Congress MLAs — supporters of Jyotiraditya Scindia — went incommunicado. Several of them, including a Minister, reached the BJP-ruled Karnataka by a special flight later in the day.
The group of Congress MLAs, including at least one Cabinet Minister, arrived at Bengaluru by a special flight. Sources said these MLAs were shifted to a private resort in Whitefield.