Bhopal: Jyotiraditya Scindia, who has joined BJP after dumping the Congress party, on Friday 13 March 2020, filed his nomination papers for the Rajya Sabha election, scheduled later this month.
Former Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was by Scindia’s side when he filed his papers.
A day earlier, former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijay Singh had filed his nomination for Rajya Sabha from the Congress side.
Scindia’s exit from the Congress has been followed up with the resignation of 22 Congress MLAs plunging the Kamal Nath led Madhya Pradesh government in crisis. Nineteen of these MLAs were camping in Bengaluru – far from the control and any possible influence and attempt by Chief Minister Nath and the ruling Congress camp to woo them back into the Congress fold. In this backdrop, the rebel MLAs were to return to the State capital from Bengaluru by two chartered flights on Friday evening and there was a huge BJP crowd present at the airport to receive them. In the meanwhile, a large number of Congress workers also converged at the airport entrance and sensing trouble, the district administration even clamped prohibitory orders to restrict assembly of people in that area. Around this time, the rebel legislators also sent a message to the State Police chief to seek protection by central CRPF and not the state police. At the same time it was also announced that the rebel MLAs had abandoned the plan to land at the airport in the evening.
The State Governor on Friday expelled six Ministers from the State Cabinet. All of them are staunch Scindia supporters and have resigned as MLA.
Immediately after Scindia left the Congress and joined the BJP, the State EOW also swung into action and began investigation into a complaint alleging that Scindia and his family had forged a property document.