Former Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia on Wednesday joined the BJP, a day after his dramatic exit from the Congress, and was named party's nominee for one of the two seats from Madhya Pradesh.
Jyotiraditya Scindia's parting ways with the Congress has plunged the Kamal Nath government in Madhya Pradesh into crisis, which may soon have to take a floor test. Twenty-one Madhya Pradesh MLAS on Tuesday had resigned, soon after Mr Scindia ended his 18-year-long association with the Congress.
The Congress has filed petitions before Madhya Pradesh Assembly Speaker NP Prajapati seeking disqualification of the six ministers of the Kamal Nath Cabinet as MLAs who, along with 16 MLAs, resigned on Tuesday.
Speaker NP Prajapati has said the MLAs will have to submit their resignation letters in person. "As per the law, those resigning will have to first appear before the Speaker personally, after which only I will look into the available evidences/facts before deciding as per merits of the case," he told NDTV.
Here are the Live Updates on developments in Madhya Pradesh government crisis:
Met with Shri Jyotiraditya Scindia today. I welcome him to the BJP. His joining will help in further strengthening the party. I extend my best wishes to him in all his endeavours. @JM_Scindiapic.twitter.com/84nxoX71Ws- Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) March 12, 2020
The country's grand old party, the Congress, already struggling with a leadership vacuum at the top, dwindling presence across the country and a crisis for its government in Madhya Pradesh, is likely to have another battle on its hands soon. The simmering resentment between the party's old guard and the new has surfaced with a vengeance after the exit of Jyotiraditya Scindia, one of its most prominent young leaders.
Thanking @JPNadda ji, @narendramodi ji, @AmitShah ji & members of the BJP family for accepting& welcoming me. It's not just a turning point in my life,but also an opportunity for me to continue my commitment towards public service under the inspirational leadership of PM Modi ji.- Jyotiraditya M. Scindia (@JM_Scindia) March 11, 2020