Madhya Pradesh crisis: Kamal Nath sacks six rebels ministers; Scindia likely to join BJP today
The Congress leadership was also reportedly trying to talk to Scindia to offer him either a Rajya Sabha nomination or the post of state party president, currently held by Nath, but attempts to reach him failed
Bhopal: Struggling Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath on Tuesday shot a letter to the state Governor in Bhopal seeking the dismissal of six Cabinet ministers, who are loyalists of Jyotiraditya Scindia.
"I hereby recommend the removal of the following six ministers from their cabinet posts. I request you to arrange for their dismissal from the ministry," Nath said in a letter to state Governor Lalji Tandon in Hindi.
According to the letter, the ministers are Imrathi Devi, Tulasi Silavat, Govind Singh Rajput, Mahendra Singh Sisodia, Pradyuman Singh Tomar and Prabhuram Choudhry.
"All the rebel ministers are staying at a resort on the outskirts of Bengaluru along with 13 rebel legislators and members of Parliament," a party source told news agency IANS.
Scindia, a former MP from Guna, tendered his resignation to party president Sonia Gandhi. The Congress president immediately expelled him from the Congress for anti-party activities, as the crisis looming over the Congress government in Madhya Pradesh deepened.
According to PTI, as many as 19 MLAs of the ruling party sent their resignation letters to the Raj Bhavan via e-mail. “We have received resignations of 19 MLAs through e-mails with attachments,” a Raj Bhavan official said.
Speculations are rife that Jyotiradithya Scindia who met PM Modi this morning, is likely to join the party at 6 pm today.
The recent political developments in Madhya Pradesh put the Congress in deep crisis. Of the 230 seats in the MP Assembly, 120 were held by the ruling combine of Congress and minor parties, 107 by the BJP and two were vacant.
The crisis also comes just three days ahead of the deadline for filing nominations to the Rajya Sabha elections, in which both the Congress and BJP are locked in a bitter contest for the third seat.