A week long political drama ends in Madhya Pradesh on Friday when Chief Minister Kamal Nath resigned ahead of the floor test in the state assembly.He announced his resignation at a press conference in Bhopal duing day time on Friday. Supreme Court had on Thursday directed Chief Minister Kamal Nath to conduct the floor test in Madhya Pradesh assembly by 5 pm Friday and the floor test proceedings were to begin at 2 pm. Kamal Nath submitted his resignation to the Governor.
The veteran Congress leader said his MLAs were held hostage in Bengaluru. “The truth will come out. People will not forgive them,” said Kamal Nath, attacking the BJP who he has accused of engineering the crisis in the state.“I proved my majority several times in the past 15 months. BJP ruled for 15 years whereas I got just 15 months. BJP conspired with a leader and 22 MLAs and they took the MLAs to Bengaluru,” said the Congress leader.
Late Thursday night, Madhya Pradesh Assembly Speaker N P Prajapati had accepted the resignations, plunging the Congress government into crisis. After the resignations Congress’ strength in the state assembly had reduced from 114 to 92, far behind the half-way mark of 104 in the reduced majority of 206.
Seven other MLAs - four independent, two from Bahujan Samaj Party and one from Samajwadi Party - have been supported the Congress government since its formation in December, 2018.
Till Thuesday noon Kamal Nath was claiming that he has the majority and his govt will complete full term but after SC's directive, the political scenario changed and he had no option but to resign.