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11/03/2020 11:06 AM IST

In Madhya Pradesh, Congress And BJP Begin Sequestering Their MLAs

On Tuesday, 22 Congress MLAs from Madhya Pradesh resigned soon after Scindia quit the party.

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Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath 

BHOPAL — Amid the political crisis in Madhya Pradesh, over 80 Congress MLAs from the state are arriving in Rajasthan on Wednesday, sources told PTI.

“The party MLAs are reaching here from Madhya Pradesh,” they said.

The legislators are expected to reach Jaipur airport at 11 am and will be staying at a resort located on the Delhi Road here, the sources said. All arrangements are being made on the directions of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, they added.

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The move comes after 22 Congress MLAs loyal to former Union minister Jyotiraditya Scindia resigned on Tuesday, pushing the 15-month-old Kamal Nath government to the brink of collapse.

“We are going to take our 92 MLAs and those supporting our Madhya Pradesh government to a hotel,” a senior Congress leader told PTI earlier on Wednesday.

Apart from its own MLAs, the Congress is also keeping a close watch on four Independents who are supporting the party-led state government.

On Tuesday, 22 Congress MLAs from Madhya Pradesh resigned soon after Scindia quit the party.

The development reduced the Congress government in the state to minority.

The state Congress unit is now making all efforts to save the Kamal Nath-led government.

The BJP on Tuesday night shifted its MLAs to Manesar at Gurugram in Haryana, sources in the saffron party said.

The Congress, whose tally before the rebellion was 114, has a wafer-thin majority in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly whose current effective strength is 228.

It also has the support of four Independents, two BSP legislators and one SP MLA, but some of them are now likely to switch sides to the BJP.

The BJP has 107 seats in the state Assembly.