Moments after former leader Jyotiraditya Scindia quit Congress, 19 party MLAs from Madhya Pradesh have submitted their resignations to state govenor Lalji Tandon. All of them are considered close to Scindia and were staiying in a Bengaluru resort since Monday.
It is speculated that along with Scindia, the MLAs are likely to join the BJP.
The move will push the Kamal Nath government to the brink of collapse as it most likely run short of the required numbers to form the government.
Earlier today, Scindia resigned from Congress party, saying that he is unable to serve the people from within the party. The development came after he met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah and in Delhi. The meeting fueled speculations that he will join the BJP and ultimately help the party topple the Congress government in Madhya Pradesh.
“While my aim and purpose remain the same as it has always been from the very beginning, to serve the people of my state and country, I believe I am unable to do this anymore within this party,” the letter that Scindia posted on Twitter read.
Notably, the date written in the resignation letter is March 9, which means it was prepared a day before.
According to reports, Scindia had been sulking for a long time as he was neither assured of a Rajya Sabha berth not made the state Congress unit chief, a position that is still held by Chief Minister Kamal Nath.