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Kamal Nath resigns ahead of trust vote

BJP has betrayed the mandate of the people, the senior Congress leader said.
Senior Congress leader Kamal Nath addresses the media at CM house in Bhopal, Friday, March 20, 2020. Nath has resigned as the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh.

PTI   |   Bhopal   |   Published 20.03.20, 07:13 AM

Kamal Nath on Friday resigned from the top post on Friday, bringing down the 15-month-old Congress government in the state.  

His move comes a day after the Supreme Court directed that a floor test be conducted in Madhya Pradesh Assembly to prove that the Congress government led by him enjoys majority in the House following the rebellion by 22 MLAs of his party.

Ending a 10-day suspense, Nath submitted his resignation to Governor Lalji Tandon at the Raj Bhawan in Bhopal this afternoon.

'He submitted his resignation to the governor,' a Raj Bhawan official told PTI.

In his resignation letter, Nath said, 'In my 40-year- long public life, I have always done politics of purity and valued democratic norms and given priority to it. But what transpired in the last two weeks is a new chapter of devaluation of democratic values.'

In the letter, he also congratulated new chief minister of the state and said he will also extend help in the development of the state.

Before submitting his resignation, Nath addressed a press conference, where he announced his resignation.

During the press conference, he accused the BJP of killing the democratic values by conspiring against his government and blamed former Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia for the current political crisis in the state.

'I have decided to submit my resignation to the governor. But I will continue to work for the welfare of the people...I did the politics of value,' he said.

'I took over as the CM on December 17, 2018. During my political career, I have always believed in development. I was given an opportunity for a period of five years to give a new identity to the state,' he said.

'The BJP didn't like the people-centric works carried out by my government during our 15-month rule, so they kept conspiring against me,' he said.

Nath alleged that 22 Congress MLAs were held captive in Bengaluru by the BJP, which has been witnessed by the entire country.

'BJP killed the democratic values by conspiring,' he said.

'I have proved my majority on the floor of the House several times during the past 15 years...but the BJP betrayed the people of state by destabilising the government,' he said.

Nath mentioned the works carried out by his government during the last 15 months, including the farm loan waiver and development of cow shelters.

'BJP betrayed the farmers by conspiring against me,' he said, claiming that 400 promises made in the election manifesto were completed in 15 months.

He said the BJP was afraid of the success of his government.

Blaming Scindia for the ongoing political crisis in the state, Nath said 'BJP colluded with Maharaj (Scindia) for killing democracy and my government.'

Earlier this month, Scindia quit the Congress and joined the BJP. Twenty-two Congress MLAs, who were loyal to him, too rebelled and resigned.

On Thursday, the Supreme Court had ordered the Madhya Pradesh Assembly Speaker to conduct a floor test by 5pm.

After Speaker N. P. Prajapati accepted the resignation of 16 rebel Congress legislators on Thursday night, the Kamal Nath government was reduced to minority with 92 MLAs in the 230-members House. The resignations of six others had been accepted earlier.

Similarly, the strength of the house also reduced to 222, trimming down the majority mark to 104.

In this situation, the BJP has the majority mark with 107.

On Friday morning, the Speaker said that he has accepted the resignation of BJP MLA Sharad Kol (Beohari).

But, Kol said that he had applied for withdrawing the resignation submitted earlier. This has further reduced the number of BJP MLAs to 106, but well above the majority mark in current strength.

While the BSP has two members in the House, the SP has one. Besides, them there are four Independents. All these MLAs from the BSP, SP and independents had extended their support to the Congress during the formation of government.

In the renewed situation, these MLAs are yet to clarify their stand.


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