MLAs loyal to Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia may quit
Madhya Pradesh Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia, accompanied by Home Minister Amit Shah, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi this morning, even as the Congress government in the state teeters on the brink of collapse. Sources have said the influential leader may join the BJP today in a shock move.
The Congress has been unable to reach its leader since the drama, former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijaya Singh told reporters on Monday night. "We tried to contact Scindia ji (Jyotiraditya Scindia) but it is being said that he has swine flu, so haven't been able to speak to him," Mr Singh said.
The Kamal Nath-government in Madhya Pradesh faces a huge crisis after 17 MLAs loyal to Mr Scindia took a chartered flight to BJP-ruled Karnataka on Monday.
As of now, the government has 120 MLAs – just four over the majority mark of 116 in the 230-member assembly. 114 are from the Congress, two from the BSP, one Samajwadi Party and four are independents. The BJP has 107 MLAs and two seats are currently vacant.
If the 17 MLAs, who are expected to send in letters of resignation, who were flown out exit, the Congress will lose its second state since Karnataka.