In a major blow to the BJP in Madhya Pradesh, two of its MLAs Narayan Tripathi and Sharad Kol said they are not liking being a part of the BJP and will join the grand old party soon.
Narayan Tripathi and Sharad Kol met senior Congress leader Suresh Pachouri at his residence after
coting in favour of the Congress government during voting on a bill in the Assembly. The two MLAs have not reigned from the BJP yet.
Tripathi and Kol, both former Congressmen, said they supported the seven-month-old Kamal Nath-led government, which enjoys a slender majority in the House, as they wanted to develop their respective assembly constituency.
During the division of votes on the Criminal Law (Madhya Pradesh Amendment) Bill 2019, a total of 122 MLAs voted in favour of the Congress government, which assumed office in December last year.
In the 230-member house, the ruling Congress has the support of 121 MLAs, including Speaker N P Prajapati, who did not take part in the voting.
Besides the 120 MLAs of the Congress and its allies, two BJP MLAs also supported the bill.
Later, talking to reporters, Tripathi (elected from Maihar) and Kol (Beohari) said they extended support to the Kamal Nath government because they want to develop their constituencies.
The BJP MLAs said this was their “ghar wapsi” (homecoming).
Reacting to the voting, Chief Minister Kamal Nath said, “The BJP says daily that we are a minority government and one which could fall any day.”
“However, during voting in the Assembly on criminal law amendment bill, two BJP MLAs voted in favour of our government,” Kamal Nath said.
The development in Madhya Pradesh comes a day after the Congress-JD(S) government fell in Karnataka, where the BJP is looking to form its government.
The BJP had narrowly lost power in Madhya Pradesh during the November 2018 assembly polls