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January 26, 2021

The Chhattisgarh

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Kamal Nath says ‘smelt’ Scindia’s plan to quit, asks why should I prove majority, I have it

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath Wednesday said he had foreseen Jyotiraditya Scindia’s departure from the party and that he is in touch with some of the “rebel” Congress MLAs, who he said were “being held hostage” at the Ramada Resort in Bengaluru. 

Nath also expressed confidence that his government enjoys a majority in the assembly. 

“Well, obviously, they are holding MLAs in captivity. They (MLAs) cannot meet anybody. Today, Digvijaya Singh, a Rajya Sabha candidate, wanted to meet all MLAs, from the BJP and the Congress. Is he a security threat to the MLAs? They are not allowing him to meet the legislators,” Nath told ThePrint in Bhopal.

“This is the kind of captivity that the MLAs are being kept in. They are being asked to make statements and write letters saying they have resigned.” 

Dismissing the claims of former CM and BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan that the MLAs are in Bengaluru of their own volition, and have resigned, Nath said: “Well, under coercion. We know what they are being made to do. Some of them are in touch with me also. And if they are free, why can’t you go and meet them? Can you walk down and meet them?” 

When asked whether dissolution of the assembly is also an option, Nath replied in the affirmative. “Well, all options are open. Let’s see how it rolls out. My government has been in majority and we have demonstrated that many times in the last 16 months,” he said.

“If somebody stands up and says you’re not in majority, please move a no-confidence motion. Let’s debate it. And let’s have a vote on the no-confidence motion with all the MLAs. Why are they afraid to bring the MLAs to the floor of the House to vote?”

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