Jyotiraditya Scindia resigns from Congress
In a massive political development that comes as a setback for Congress, one of its senior leaders and former MP, Jyotiraditya Scindia resigned from the primary membership of Congress party on March 10.
Earlier, Scindia had - along with Home Minister Amit Shah - met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the latter’s residence in the national capital.
The development comes amid high political drama in the state ahead of the Rajya Sabha elections on March 26 and the Budget session of the Assembly scheduled for March 16.
Earlier on March 9, 17 MLAs - reportedly loyal to Scindia - were flown to Bengaluru in Karnataka where the BJP is in power.
Reports then suggested that this was a part of the internal tussle within the Congress' Madhya Pradesh unit, where tensions between the Scindia and Chief Minister Kamal Nath faction had been simmering ever since the formation of the government in 2018.
The Congress holds a thin majority in the 230-member Assembly with its own 114 MLAs and support of two legislators of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), one of the Samajwadi Party (SP) and four independents.
The BJP has 107 legislators while two seats are vacant.