Madhya Pradesh: Congress alleges poaching by BJP

The Congress government in Madhya Pradesh appears to have survived a poaching bid, with senior party leaders blaming the BJP for the alleged move and Chief Minister Kamal Nath asserting that there was no threat to his regime.

In a late-night political drama in Madhya Pradesh, the Congress claimed the BJP took eight MLAs to a hotel in Haryana as part of a conspiracy to topple the state government.

The BJP has denied the charge.

Nath said his government, which came to power in December 2018 by ousting the BJP, has an absolute majority and it has proved this in the state Assembly on several occasions.

He said the BJP “faced defeat every time” and this time also, its plans will prove to be like “Mungerilal’s dream”, referring to the famous fictional character from a television serial.

Nath also accused the BJP of plotting a conspiracy to come back to power in the state in an “undemocratic manner”.

Senior Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia accused the BJP of orchestrating a move to “poach” the legislators of his party in Madhya Pradesh, but asserted that Congress government in the state was “completely secure and stable”.

Meanwhile, a Vayapam scam whistle-blower released a purported video of a ‘sting operation’ involving senior BJP leader Narottam Mishra, and claimed that the former minister offered Rs.100 crore and ministerial posts to some Congress MLAs for toppling the Kamal Nath government.

While the authenticity of the video has not yet been verified independently, the BJP dubbed it fake and misleading, and said it has been released to tarnish Mishra’s image.

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