Jyotiraditya Scindia quits Congress -Will Kamal Nath's government survive?

Hours after tabling a meet with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah in Delhi, Madhya Pradesh Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia has officially tendered his resignation to Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi, in which he stated that he is unable to serve the people of his state and country being as a member of the Congress party and added that he now looks for the fresh start.

Along with him, 19 MLAs had moved their resignations to the Madhya Pradesh assembly speaker a short time ago that had further escalated tensions and uncertainty for Kamal Nath's government in the state as Scindia's resignation has a larger possibility to collapse Congress-led state government in Madhya Pradesh. Earlier, Scindia has expressed his displeasure to the party's leadership over Kamal Nath's revolt against him concerning the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections in the state. It was highly speculated that the days of Kamal Nath's government have been numbered as one of the closest aides of Rahul Gandhi took an unexpected diversion of drifting up the rule of Congress party in India's center state.

Scindia's resignation letter that he sent to Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi - ANI Photo


The reports say that all 20 cabinet ministers of Kamal Nath's cabinet had placed their resignations before Kamal Nath at around 11.30 pm on Monday and the mass resignation had erupted huge anticipations that the government would be collapsed. Along with the resignation of the cabinet ministers, all the 17 MLAs who are currently in Scindia's faction took a charter flight on Monday and arrived in Bengaluru in BJP ruling state of Karnataka where they have been put up in the resorts. The state of Karnataka is ought to witness the political drama and turmoil between Congress and BJP for yet another time within one year as in 2019, some of the Congress MLAs who toppled the party's rule in the state had marched towards the resorts.

Our sources reveal the ongoing aberrant developments in the state of Madhya Pradesh ahead of the Rajya Sabha elections. They say that Rajya Sabha polls in the state would take place on March 26th and Scindia's faction has strongly vying to get a ticket to the upper house. However, Kamal Nath had been declining Scindia's lobby and with the view of barricading the rise of Scindia in the politics, Kamal Nath had decided to elect Priyanka Gandhi from the state to the Upper house of the Parliament. The long-simmering revolt had now triggered the crisis in the state as Scindia's faction had turned out to be the rebellion force against the ruling government that would likely to be collapsed.

Jyotiraditya Scindia campaigns with Rahul Gandhi - File photo


Despite Kamal Nath had tried to pacify the newborn rebels, Jyotiraditya Scindia has kept the heat alive that had fueled by the BJP. After dispatching 17 MLAs to Bengaluru who have been kept under BJP's drones, Scindia had on Tuesday met Union Home Minister Amit Shah which had gripped up the speculations that he is all set to go from Congress. Scindia met Amit Shah at his residence after which the duo drove together to Narendra Modi's residence and hours after his meet, he officially tendered his resignation to the Congress party. By accepting his resignation, Congress General Secretary Venugopal said that Scindia has been expelled from the party with the immediate effect under the grounds of his anti-party activities. 

Scindia arrives in his residence in Delhi after meeting Prime Minister Modi - March 10, 2020 - ANI Photo


According to ANI, Congress leader and former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijaya Singh said " We have evidence that three chartered flights that carried MLAs to Bengaluru were arranged by the BJP. He further stated that this a part of a conspiracy to reverse the mandate given by Madhya Pradesh people because Kamal Nath had acted against mafias."

(L-R) Scindia, Rahul Gandhi, and current MP Chief Minister Kamal Nath - File photo


Congress party formed the government in Madhya Pradesh in 2018. Currently, Congress party has 114 MLAs in the assembly while BJP has 107 in its camp and if Scindia and the rebelled MLAs join BJP, it would shake the majority of Kamal Nath's government as his government will fail in the trust vote in the assembly after which BJP will form a government in the state by ousting the Congress rule, like how it did in Karnataka last year. Jyotiraditya Scindia has been one of the power centric names in the Congress party who observed close ties with the Gandhis. He was elected as Lok Sabha MP from Guna constituency from Madhya Pradesh. He also served as a Union Minister of State with independent charge for Power ministry in the cabinet of Manmohan Singh from October 2012 to May 2014.