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Parliamentary crisis: will go to Bangalore if necessary, says Kamal Nath about rebel MLAs | India News


BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh Prime Minister is considering going to Bangalore to meet with 16 rebel MLAs who are currently in a resort there, as their government is on shaky ground after the resignation of these and six other lawmakers. Speaking to reporters here in response to a question, Nath said, “If necessary, I will also go to Bangalore.”

Nath’s party colleague Digvijaya Singh was unable to meet Wednesday with the MLA rebels in Bangalore.

The big drama unfolded when Singh staged a protest near the Bangalore resort, where lawmakers are staying. He accused the police of not allowing him to comply with the MLA.

A source close to Kamal Nath said that he (CM) had already attempted to communicate by phone with the Union’s Interior Minister Amit Shah and Karnataka Prime Minister B S Yediyurappa to visit Bengaluru, but was unable to communicate.

Twenty-two lawmakers rebelled against the state-led government in Congress and presented their documents last week.

Of these, the resignation of six legislators has been accepted.

Congress spokesman Bhupendra Gupta alleged that the saffron party has held its MLA hostages in Bangalore in an attempt to overthrow the MP government.

“They are not allowing our leaders to meet with the MLAs. Our minister, Jitu Patwari, had also gone there, but he was mistreated,” he said.

The BJP has tried to distance itself from the revolt in Congress saying it was the result of internal strife within rival party factions in the state.

BJP state chief V D Sharma said his party had nothing to do with rebels in Congress.

Kamal Nath’s government was plunged into crisis after Jyotiraditya Scindia left Congress, after which 22 loyal MLAs resigned from Madhya Pradesh last week.

Encouraged by the revolt in Congress, the BJP has vociferously sought a floor test in the assembly.

So far, the speaker has accepted resignations from six of the 22 MLAs, reducing the effective strength of the House to 222 and the new majority mark to 112. The opposition BJP has 107 MLAs.

After the assembly of parliamentarians was suspended Monday through March 26, the BJP asked the Supreme Court to seek an address for an early floor test.

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