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Friday 10 July 2020

MLA resigns; Kamal Nath govt receives another jolt

Hardeep Singh who resigned today was one of the four missing MLAs of the INC, but the MLAs of SP and BSP have denied BJP is indulging in 'horse-trading' with them

As though the rift between Kamal Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia in Madhya Pradesh government was not enough to trouble the chief minister, the provincial dispensation suffered another setback on Thursday evening when INC MLA Hardeep Singh Dang resigned as a Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA). This resignation came a day after Chief Minister Kamal Nath had said on Tuesday that there was no threat to his government nor does anyone need to worry about it.

Hardeep Singh is one of the four missing MLAs of the INC. Sources said the MP MLAs of the INC had been traced to villas inside a gated community near Whitefield, the tech corridor of Bengaluru city in Karnataka. The legislators have been living there since Wednesday afternoon with their mobile phones switched off.

Yesterday, senior INC leader Digvijaya Singh had alleged that BJP leaders were offering huge sums of money to INC MLAs to topple the state government. Kamal Nath had said in response to a question that the INC MLAs had provided information to the BJP leaders about the proposal to give them money.

The chief minister said on the sidelines of a programme in Bhopal, “MLAs told me that they have received offers of a lot of money, I have asked the MLAs to take this money if they are getting it for free.”

Pradeep Jaiswal, an independent legislator in the Kamal Nath government of Madhya Pradesh, said, “As long as Kamal Nath is in power, I am with him.” He further said, “If the government were to fall in the future, my options would be open. I will make a decision keeping in mind the public interest of my constituency.”

On the latest political developments in Madhya Pradesh, the INC on Wednesday alleged that the BJP was trying to destabilise the Kamal Nath government through black money, but it would not succeed. Party spokesperson Shakti Singh Gohil alleged that all this was happening at the behest of the BJP’s top leadership.

The MLAs of Madhya Pradesh’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Samajwadi Party (SP) have categorically denied the allegations of their involvement in ‘horse-trading’ and kidnapping of the INC MLAs at the behest of the BJP. INC leaders had claimed that they had rescued MLAs of the BSP and SP and brought them from Delhi to Bhopal in a special plane.

BSP MLAs Sanjeev Singh Kushwaha, Rambai and SP MLA Rajesh Shukla denied the INC’s allegation that BJP politicians had abducted them.

Reiterating their support for the INC government of the state headed by Chief Minister Nath, these MLAs denied that any BJP leader had approached them and bargained to topple the government.

A group of Congress, BSP and SP legislators along with state finance minister Tarun Bhanot came from Delhi to Bhopal on Wednesday afternoon in a special plane.

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