Bhopal, Mar 13: Even as Madhya Pradesh’s political high drama continues, approximately 20 ruling Congress rebel lawmakers camping in the Karnataka capital failed to return here on Friday.
Thirteen of these representatives were scheduled to appear before Assembly Speaker Narmada Prasad Prajapati. It was earlier learnt that the legislators were to arrive in a couple of special planes. Local Bharatiya Janata Party leaders made a beeline for the airport in buses and other vehicles. The Congress camp did likewise and journalists also reached.
Despite heavy police bandobast, rival MLAs faced off and sloganeering took place. Senior administrative officers rushed to the place, prohibitory orders were imposed in the area and the crowd dispersed. BJP sources said that the lawmakers’ journey stands cancelled as of now. Meanwhile, Mr Prajapati said that he waited in vain and would give a fresh date for a meeting.
In the evening, BJP Vice President-cum-erstwhile Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and senior politician Jyotiraditya Scindia had a half-hour-long meeting with Governor Lalji Tandon at Raj Bhavan. Amidst all this, the Governor dismissed six Cabinet ministers as per Chief Minister Kamal Nath’s recommendation. These are Scindia loyalists and presently in Bengaluru. (UNI)