New Delhi, March 20 (IANS) After the collapse of the Kamal Nath government in Madhya Pradesh, the suspense on the new Chief Minister looms large as Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that the BJP high command will decide on the issue.
Before leaving for Bhopal, Tomar said that “there is no talk yet started on the Chief Ministership but the party high command will be deciding the issue”.
BJP has two strong contenders for the top post apart from Shivraj Singh Chouhan the former CM of the state. Narottam Mishra who has been instrumental in bringing down the government and Tomar who is a favourite of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, sources in the BJP said.
The major coup in the Congress was engineered by Jyotiraditya Scindia who hails from the same region as Tomar. The MLAs from the Chambal region openly rebelled and resigned from the Congress camp. The region of Gwalior, Guna, Bhind and Morena had enables Congress to reach one short of magic figure in 2018 elections.
Madhya Pradesh Governor Lalji Tandon has accepted the resignation of Kamal Nath as Chief Minister, however, he has asked Nath to continue to work as acting Chief Minister till an alternative arrangement emerges. According to information from Raj Bhavan, “Chief Minister Kamal Nath submitted his resignation letter to Governor Lalji Tandon on Friday at Raj Bhavan. The Governor has accepted his resignation and asked him to continue as acting Chief Minister till a new Chief Minister is sworn in.”
In his resignation, Nath said, “In my 40 years of political career, I have always abided by the democratic values. Whatever happened in Madhya Pradesh over the last two weeks is against democracy. A new chapter of democratic devaluation has been drafted.”
“I resign as the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh. I wish all the best to the next Chief Minister. I will continue to extend my support to the development of Madhya Pradesh,” he added.