AGENCIES, New Delhi: Before the Congress goes for the floor test on Monday, it has shifted all its MLAs to Bhopal amid the ongoing political crisis in Madhya Pradesh.
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 the Kamal Nath-led government, both the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress have moved their legislators outside the state and lodged them in luxury hotels, apparently in a bid to keep their respective teams intact.
On March 11, while BJP bundled 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, former Union Minister and four-time parliamentarian, resigned from Congress and joined the saffron party.
Scindia’s decision to leave Congress was followed by the resignation of 22 party MLAs loyal, who were to him. The legislators who have resigned included 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.
Rahul Gandhi, who had known Scindia since college days, said that he had “abandoned his ideology” because he was worried about his political future. “There is a difference between what Jyotiraditya Scindia is saying and what is in his heart,” RaGa said.
“This is a fight of ideology, clear cut. On one side is the Congress and the BJP-RSS on the other. I know Jyotiraditya Scindia’s ideology, he was with me in college, I know him very well. He got worried about his political future, put his ideology in his pocket and went with the RSS,” said Rahul