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Madhya Pradesh Crisis: Ahead of floor test Congress MLAs leave for Bhopal from Jaipur

News Agencies | Updated on: 15 March 2020, 10:09 IST
Congress MLAs leave for Bhopal from Jaipur

Ahead of the floor test scheduled to be held on Monday amid the ongoing political crisis in Madhya Pradesh, Congress MLAs, who were lodged in a resort in Jaipur, have left for Bhopal this morning.

On Saturday, Madhya Pradesh Governor Lalji Tandon has directed that a floor test will be held in the assembly on Monday.

As political uncertainty developed in Madhya Pradesh for Kamal Nath-led government, both BJP and Congress have moved their legislators outside of the state and lodge them in luxury hotels, apparently in a bid to keep their respective flocks intact. On March 11, while BJP hurried its MLAs to a luxury hotel in Gurugram, Congress moved its legislators from Bhopal to Jaipur.

The development comes amid the political crisis that has engulfed the state after Jyotiraditya Scindia, a prominent face of the Congress, resigned from the party on Tuesday and joined the BJP. Scindia's decision to leave Congress was followed by the resignation from 22 party MLAs loyal to him.

The legislators who have resigned include six ministers. Earlier, allegations were levelled against the BJP for reportedly holding hostages at least eight Congress MLAs from Madhya Pradesh against their will at a luxury hotel in Gurugram's Manesar and Bengaluru.

Several Congress leaders, including Digvijaya Singh, had accused the BJP of trying to poach its leaders.


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First published: 15 March 2020, 10:09 IST