Alarmed by Karnataka and Goa, Congress rushes Scindia to MP to avert another crisis
Bhopal | Jagran News Desk: The air of existential crisis for the Congress started from Karnataka and after making a halt in Goa, it seems to have reached Madhya Pradesh now. While the JD(S)-Congress government in Karnataka is teetering after resignations of several MLAs, in Goa two-thirds of Congress MLAs have joined the BJP. In Madhya Pradesh, the Kamal Nath-led Congress government is holding onto a wafer-thin majority.
Alarmed by the recent developments, the Congress on Thursday rushed General Secretary Jyotiraditya Scindia to Madhya Pradesh to stem any such crisis in the state.
Scindia met the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister in Bhopal over lunch and also dined with MLAs of Congress and its allies.
It was not known how many MLAs had dinner with Scindia at a venue in the posh Char Imli area here.
It is speculated that Scindia, known to be very close to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, met the legislators in a bid to feel their pulses in the wake of developments in Karnataka and Goa.
The dinner had been organised by Madhya Pradesh health minister Tulsi Selawat, who is considered to be a Scindia confidante.
A senior Congress leader requesting anonymity said that the BJP had contacted at least 10-15 Congress MLAs in the state in the last one month to seek they switch over to it.
The party leader said that these talks were, however, in the initial stage as nothing has been promised to the Congress legislators.
According to political observers, the Congress is seeking to project the message that it is united and impress on the legislators that there are no differences between its top leaders in the state.
A common grouse of Scindia loyalists among the ministers and legislators is that the officials do not listen to them. Scindia did not agree with their perception, but stressed that there should be coordination among all, since team spirit was important.
State Minister Sajjan Singh Verma, however, commented that nothing much should be read into Scindia's visit and engagements, as top leaders keep visiting the state and when they come, gatherings of party lawmakers are organised. He ruled out anything like Karnataka or Goa happening in the state.
The BJP, in May, had demanded that Governor convene a special session for floor test after the saffron party won 28 out of 29 Lok Sabha seats in Madhya Pradesh.
In the Assembly polls last year, the Congress won 114 of the state's 230 seats, two short of the majority mark of 116. The BSP, having two MLAs, and Samajwadi Party, which has one, are supporting the Congress alongwith four Independents.
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