You must know: Why ten BJP MPs, including Union Ministers, resigned from their posts?

At least ten BJP MPs had resigned from their posts on Wednesday - December 6 and of those resigned include Union Ministers Narendra Singh Tomar and Prahlad Patel. Their resignations from the Parliament have come in the wake of winning assembly seats in the elections that held in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, and Madhya Pradesh. 

The results of these polls were announced on Sunday - December 3 and following their victories in the assembly polls, they stepped down as MPs, which prompted the need for byelections in these ten Lok Sabha constituencies. All these ten MPs had submitted their resignations after meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP National President JP Nadda.

While Narendra Singh Tomar had been serving as the Union Minister for Agriculture in Modi's cabinet, Prahlad Patel was serving as the Union Minister of State for Food Processing. In total, 12 BJP MPs had won in the recently-held assembly polls and ten of them had resigned from their posts. The resigned MPs include Rakesh Singh, Uday Pratap Singh, and Ridhi Pathak from Madhya Pradesh, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Diya Kumari, and Kirori Lal Meena from Rajasthan, Arun Sao and Gomti Sai from Chhattisgarh. 

The MPs who are yet to put resignation are Renuka Singh and Baba Balaknath. The resignations of these MPs had also triggered a political buzz on whether some of them hold a prospect of becoming Chief Minister as the three states - Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh were won by the BJP. While the saffron party retained its reign in Madhya Pradesh, it ousted the Congress party from power in the rest two states. 

The BJP is planning to introduce new faces in the state instead of sticking to the veterans. Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who ruled the state for years, is less likely to hold his Chief Ministerial baton and on Tuesday, he clarified that he is not in the Chief Minister race and that he will not be going to Delhi. With BJP winning the three crucial seats in the Hindi heartland, it gives the party a significant push to strengthen its campaign during the 2024 general elections. 

Interestingly, the resignations of two Union Ministers had sparked speculations over who would replace them in the cabinet as Prime Minister Modi has got yet another opportunity to shuffle his cabinet. If he carries out the cabinet overhaul within this month, it would become the second rejig of the cabinet this year as earlier this May, he appointed Arjun Ram Meghwal as the Union Law Minister, replacing Kiren Rijiju.