NEW DELHI: The 15-month-old Kamal Nath government in Madhya Pradesh plunged into a major political crisis with as many as 20 MLAs loyal to Jyotiraditya Scindia camping in Bengaluru sending their resignations to Raj Bhavan.
The resignations came shortly on the heels of Scindia himself resigning from the Congress party, saying that it is time for him to move on. Sources said that Scindia is likely to join the BJP later today.
Here’s how the numbers stack up:
In the House of 230, two seats are vacant after the death of Congress MLA Banwarilal Sharma from Jaura assembly seat and BJP MLA Manohar Utwal from Agar-Malwa constituency.
With 20 Congress MLAs submitting their resignations, the Kamal Nath government is now left with 94 of its own. With seven alliance legislators, the ruling alliance’s number in the House would be 101. The BJP has 107 — and would have the upper hand.
Two BJP MLAs are said to be in touch with chief minister Kamal Nath and have reportedly offered to resign. Upon probable disqualification after defection by these two BJP MLAs, the strength of the House may further reduce to 226. And with the same applied to 20 rebel Congress MLAs, the assembly’s strength will be 206 seats, and simple majority will be at 104.
Unless Congress can get more than two BJP MLAs, BJP will have 105 MLAs to Congress’s 102.

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