- Jyotiraditya Scindia resigned from the Congress on Tuesday
- Digvijaya Singh said Kamal Nath will face a floor test, and not resign
- Mr Singh also said that he expects some of the rebel MLAs to come back
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath on Tuesday said he was confident that his government will not collapse following the crisis triggered by the big revolt led by Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia and the resignation of at least 21 MLAs loyal to him.
"There is nothing to worry about. We will prove our majority. Our government will complete its term," Mr Nath said.
Mr Scindia resigned from the Congress on Tuesday with at least 21 MLAs in tow, delivering a body blow the party's government in Madhya Pradesh perched on a delicate majority. Minutes later, he was expelled by the party and is expected to join the BJP soon and may even get a cabinet post.
Earlier, senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh told NDTV that the Chief Minister will not resign and face a floor test.
"No, we'll take the floor test," he told NDTV over the telephone when asked if Kamal Nath was thinking of resigning. When asked about the probability of winning the test, he said, "An even chance."
"All the four independents are with us. One of the BSP (Bahujan Samaj Party MLA) is with us. We are talking to the BSP to issue a whip (for the other MLA)," Mr Singh said.
The senior Congress leader also said that he expected some of the rebel MLAs to come back.
"It is difficult but all those people that BJP took to Bengaluru - they don't want to lose their seat. Their families are in touch with us," he said.
Digvijaya Singh also claimed that the Congress had made enough efforts to stop Mr Scindia and had even offered him a Rajya Sabha seat which was said to be one of the reasons why the 49-year-old leader quit.
"All efforts were made (To stop him). He told us he had high temperature so he couldn't talk. In fact one day before that, I sent him a message. He did not meet Kamal Nath either," Mr Singh said.
"He was offered PCC (Pradesh Congress Committee) presidentship, he denied. He was offered deputy chief ministership, he did not accept it. No one was stopping him for the Rajya Sabha also, we had the majority," he added.