BSP MLAs, who have been extending out-side support to Kamalnath-led Congress government in Madhya Pradesh have been now demanding cabinet berths two of them. Otherwise, they warned that Congress would be forced to face Karnataka-like uncertainty here also.
BSP MLA Rambai Singh admitted that they have demanded ministerial berth for two BSP MLAs in Kamal Nath government. “We have seen the situation in Karnataka, we don’t want a similar situation here”, she cautioned chief minister Kamal Nath.However, she later clarified that she would continue to support Congress.
This is not the first time she has warned the Congress, which has 114 MLAs in the 230-member state assembly and is backed by four independent MLAs, two BSP and one SP MLA. The Opposition BJP has 109 MLAs.
Earlier, Singh had said, “If chief minister Kamal Nath forgets his promise, I too may forget my promise (to support the Congress).” It may recalled that SP chief Akhilesh Yadav too discontented as his party’s lone MLA was not accommodated in the cabinet.
Her reference to Karnataka came after political turbulence hit the Kumaraswamy government with two independent MLAs withdrawing while the Congress and the Opposition BJP accused each other of poaching lawmakers.
Meanwhile, BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya had claimed earlier this month that the Congress government in Madhya Pradesh was running at the “mercy” of his party and could be easily brought done.