The suspense in the Madhya Pradesh political thriller finally ended on Friday, with Chief Minister Kamal Nath tendering his resignation ahead of the crucial trust vote.
Nath’s resignation was expected as last-ditch efforts to woo the rebel Congress MLAs failed and the Congress government with its wafer-thin majority gone was almost certain to lose the trust vote. The trust vote was to be completed by 5 pm as per the Supreme Court order.
The development has paved the way for three-time Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, popularly known as mama (uncle) in the state, to return to power. Bolstered by the entry of a miffed Jyotiraditya Scindia in the flock, the BJP is certain to prove its majority in the state. Following the resignation, Chouhan tweeted: “Satyamev Jayate”.
सत्यमेव जयते! https://t.co/yJO30wvRsg
— Shivraj Singh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) March 20, 2020
“The people have seen the steps we had taken. In fact, people saw that we began our work while BJP began its ploys from the very first day. We came out and implemented new initiatives every 15 days at the start in 2018. Today the BJP has murdered democracy,” said Kamal Nath, who became Chief Minister in December 2018 after defeating the then ruling BJP.
Outlining his government’s work, Nath accused the BJP of luring away 16 Congress MLAs whose sudden flight to Bengaluru and resignation last week started the countdown to his exit.
“Only time will tell what really happened. Matters will be investigated. But people who are responsible for this must remember that tomorrow comes after today and day after comes after tomorrow. Remember, that day after will come for sure,” he said.
Following the political drubbing, the Madhya Pradesh Congress tweeted: “Janta har gayi, BJP jeet gayi…(People lost, BJP won)”.
जनता हार गई,
बीजेपी जीत गई।
— MP Congress (@INCMP) March 20, 2020
The Supreme Court on Thursday had Nath to prove his majority in a vote in the Assembly. The Congress’s countdown began after 22 MLAs flew to Bengaluru by a special flight last week and resigned after Jyotiraditya Scindia quit the grand old party after 18 years.