Kamal Nath may resign from Madhya Pradesh Congress chief post as leadership is upset

As per information from the PTI news agency, it is anticipated that Kamal Nath will meet with Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge on Tuesday, potentially to present his resignation as the Madhya Pradesh Congress chief. This development follows the party\’s substantial setback in the assembly election just two days prior. According to the report, the Congress leadership is dissatisfied with Kamal Nath for not actively engaging with party leaders and members, especially since he met with Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday, merely a day after the electoral defeat.

Sources suggest that the Madhya Pradesh Congress chief is likely to meet with party president Mallikarjun Kharge on Tuesday and could step down from the position, given the party\’s disappointing performance in the recent assembly elections.

In the 2018 elections, the Congress secured 114 seats and formed the government in the state under Kamal Nath\’s leadership. However, in the recent Madhya Pradesh assembly election, the Congress managed to secure only 66 seats. Consequently, the Congress government lost its majority, leading to the formation of a BJP government in the state, with Shivraj Singh Chouhan returning as the chief minister.

In the November elections, the BJP staged a significant comeback, winning 163 seats and securing a two-thirds majority in the 230-member Madhya Pradesh assembly, with Shivraj Singh Chouhan leading the charge. The election results were officially declared on December 3.

According to the PTI report, Kamal Nath is likely to meet with Mallikarjun Kharge on Tuesday and might face a request to step down as the Congress state unit chief. The party leadership is reportedly displeased with his remarks against various leaders of the INDIA bloc, including Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar, particularly regarding seat sharing.

During a press conference on Sunday, Nath acknowledged the mandate of Madhya Pradesh\’s voters, stating, \”We accept the mandate of Madhya Pradesh\’s voters in this democratic contest. We will fulfil the role of the Opposition.\” He highlighted the challenges that the Congress faces as the principal Opposition party, focusing on issues such as youth welfare, unemployment, and agricultural distress.

Nath also extended congratulations to the BJP for its victory in the state, expressing hope that they would fulfill the responsibilities entrusted by the people. Despite the BJP\’s 20-year dominance in Madhya Pradesh, the Congress briefly held power for 15 months under the Kamal Nath-led government starting in 2018.

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