BJP vice president and former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan asserted that his party is not interested in toppling the Congress government in Madhya Pradesh. However, he said that they cannot take the responsibility for the “infighting and corruption” within the Kamal Nath-led dispensation, “which might lead to its downfall”.
“From the very beginning, we have categorically maintained that we are not interested in toppling the Congress government in Madhya Pradesh, but we cannot take any responsibility for the infighting and corruption in the state government, which might lead to its downfall,” he added.
“After the (state Assembly) election results were out, we saw that although we had a higher vote share, none of us (BJP and Congress) could reach the majority mark. But we decided that we will not stake claim to form the government, although some independents and smaller parties were ready to support us. I had said that the Congress should get the first chance to form the government,” he said.
Referring to the recent fall of the Congress-JD(S) government in Karnataka, he said it was due to the grand old party that the government did not last in the southern state and the BJP had no role in it.
“Congress was behind the fall of the government in Karnataka. We (BJP) had no role in it. We just wanted a stable government in Karnataka. If you go through the history of the Congress, you will see that they have never respected coalition dharma,” Chouhan said.