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Madhya Pradesh government collapses as Chief Minister Kamal Nath resigns

The Congress-led government was pushed to the brink following of former Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia. The state assembly speaker Narmada Prasad Prajapati late Thursday night accepted the resignations of the remaining 16 rebel Congress MLAs who have been in Bengaluru since March 9.

In a major political development, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath has resigned from the post as his government fell short of numbers. The Madhya Pradesh Congress government collapses with Kamal Nath stepping down as the Chief Minister.

Speaking at the press conference, Chief Minister Kamal Nath announced his resignation and stated that he will meet the state governor Lalaji Tandon to submit the same. His resignation comes ahead of the SC directed floor test by 5 PM today.

Addressing media, he said, “After today, comes tomorrow, and after tomorrow, another day. And that day will come.” He accused the BJP of trying to ‘destabilise’ his government and holding Congress MLAs captive in Karnataka to topple the state government.

The resignation comes after Supreme Court on Thursday had ordered Chief Minister Kamal Nath-led Congress government to face a floor test in the MP Vidhan Sabha by Friday. As per the apex court’s order, the trust vote was supposed to take place today at 2 pm. However, to save from another humiliation, Kamal Nath has now chosen to resign from the post of the Chief Minister.

The Congress-led government was pushed to the brink following of former Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia. The state assembly speaker Narmada Prasad Prajapati late Thursday night accepted the resignations of the remaining 16 rebel Congress MLAs who have been in Bengaluru since March 9.

Read: Madhya Pradesh Congress Twitter account has a prolonged meltdown after Scindia quits, gives a veiled death threat

The resignations of all 22 MLAs in Scindia’s camp had brought down the total strength of the assembly to 206 where the ruling Congress with 92 members and seven allied MLAs. The Congress was at least five short of a simple majority of 104. The opposition BJP with 107 MLAs is three more than the simple majority.

With the resignation of Kamal Nath, BJP is all set to form the government in Madhya Pradesh. Former Madhya Pradesh CM and BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chauhan will likely be elected as Chief Minister for his fourth term.

 

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