22 Rebel Madhya Pradesh Congress MLAs, Who Led to Fall of Kamal Nath Govt, Join BJP
File photo of the rebel MLAs showing their resignation letters as they pose for a group photo, in Bengaluru, Karnataka, last week.
Twenty-two rebel Congress MLAs, whose resignations from the Madhya Pradesh Assembly had led to the fall of the Kamal Nath government, joined the BJP on Saturday, national general secretary of the party Kailash Vijayvargiya said.
These leaders, along with Jyotiraditya Scindia, met BJP president JP Nadda, who welcomed their decision to join the saffron party.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is likely to field them in the bypolls necessitated by their resignations. These former MLAs, believed to be Scindia loyalists, met Nadda at his residence. Vijayvargiya was also present there.
Scindia said all the MLAs would get BJP tickets and Nadda has assured them that their honour would be maintained.
Jyotiraditya Scindia, BJP: Our 22 MLAs have joined BJP today with the blessings of Party President JP Nadda. All will get tickets. He encouraged us and assured that everyone's honour will be maintained. https://t.co/kgTnmQ90jw pic.twitter.com/nj4zlsmtQH— ANI (@ANI) March 21, 2020
The Assembly speaker had accepted the resignations of 16 of these rebel Congress MLAs on Thursday, a day before Chief Minister Kamal Nath chose to resign after it became clear that his government had lost the majority.
The speaker had accepted the resignations of six of them earlier. Scindia, a former Union minister, quit the Congress and joined the BJP recently.
The saffron party is likely to stake claim to form the government in Madhya Pradesh. The Election Commission will announce the bypoll dates once the crisis brought in by the coronavirus outbreak is over.