BY – Zafar Alam Khan
Bhopal At times when the Congress government is facing crisis in Karnataka and the Congress Legislative Party (CLP) in Goa, all eyes are now on Madhya Pradesh where the grand old party is running a thin majority government with the support of SP, BSP and independents. But, despite having thin majority, off and then threats from its allies and independent supporters, the Congress is confident of completing its five year term.
Sources in the Congress on condition of anonymity told Absolute India that though there is no danger to the Kamal Nath government but still efforts are on to bring back those lawmakers to the party fold, who are basically Congressmen but switched sides to BJP before the assembly elections and got elected on BJP ticket.
A BJP MLA who left Congress and switched over to the saffron party during the last assembly elections while talking to Absolute India admitted that he got an offer to return back but declined to inform that what the complete offer was. When asked that was it the money or the ministerial berth that was offered to him the four time MLA said it’s not suitable time to disclose this but would let this know at proper time.
“I was approached by some of my old friends from Congress to come back in the party along with other MLAs who left Congress sometime back and got elected on BJP ticket, we are seven legislators and are currently out of the state on private tour. We are considering the proposal and would decide over it once when we returns to state capital Bhopal on Monday,” the MLA said.
Senior Congress leaders of the state including Chief Minister Kamal Nath, former party general secretaries Jyotiraditya Scindia and Rajya Sabha MP Digvijay Singh are keeping close eyes over their flock to keep in intact while monitoring the developments of their efforts to bring back those BJP lawmakers into Congress who left the grand old party and got elected on saffron party’s symbol this time.
However, Karnataka and Goa episodes added with the statements of senior BJP leaders of the state, suggests that the saffron party is making all out efforts to topple the Kamal Nath led Congress government of the state and the grand old party alert over the situation is in no mood of letting repetition of Karnataka and Goa in Madhya Pradesh.
Notably, The Congress enjoys a precarious majority in the state. Though it emerged as the single largest party in the 230-member house after the last year’s Assembly elections with 114 seats, it failed to cross the halfway mark on its own and enlisted support of the BSP and the SP which have won two seats and one seat each. Four Independent MLAs, who are Congress rebels, have also extended their support, taking the total number of MLAs on the Congress side to 121 whereas the opposition BJP banks upon support of 108 lawmakers.