In a major political development, Congress leader and former MP, Jyotiraditya Scindia today resigned from the primary membership of Congress party.
Earlier, Scindia had – along with Home Minister Amit Shah – met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the national capital.
In his resignation letter addressed to interim Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, Scindia wrote that this is a path that has been “drawing itself out over the last year”, alluding to the infighting within the party’s state unit.
— Jyotiraditya M. Scindia (@JM_Scindia) March 10, 2020
Minutes after the development, Congress General Secretary KC Venugopal released a brief statement saying that the party’s interim chief, Sonia Gandhi, has “approved the explusion” of Jyotiraditya Scindia from Congress “with immediate effect for anti-party activities”.
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.