Senior Congress leader Kamal Nath, who has held two party posts, has been relieved of one of them under the party’s “One man one post” rule. He has now stepped down from the post of leader of the Legislative Party in Madhya Pradesh – meaning he will no longer be the leader of the opposition – and will continue as head of the state congress.
Congress said in a letter today that his resignation from the post had been accepted by party leader Sonia Gandhi.
The letter from senior leader KC Venugopal also said Dr Govind Singh has now been appointed to the post of leader of the Legislative Party.
The new CLP leader, Dr Govind Singh, is a seven-time MLA from Lahar seat of the Bhind district, which is part of Jyotiraditya Scindia’s home ground, the Gwalior-Chambal region. Mr Singh is seen as a close confidant of former Prime Minister Digvijaya Singh.
“I’ve raised people’s issues in the Assembly in the past and will continue to do so in the future as CLP leader,” Mr Singh said.
“He (Kamal Nath) did not resign, but shared his responsibilities with me. I will work as his collaborator and question the BJP government on public issues,” he added.
However, the BJP seemed delighted. State BJP media convener Lokendra Parashar tweeted, “Nath’s wings have been clipped and Govind Singh’s appointment as CLP leader means return from Digvijaya Singh’s era in MP Congress. handed over. Singhar. “
BJP State Secretary Rajneesh Agrawal has questioned a Kshatriya politician’s appointment as CLP leader. “This development has once again revealed that although Congress does politics in the name of SC, ST and OBC, it does not trust them while he is being appointed to major positions,” his post reads.
Mr Nath, the former prime minister of Madhya Pradesh, was at the head of the state unit of Congress even after the party’s victory in the 2018 election.
This fueled the party’s break with Jyotiraditya Scindia, which aspired to the top post after the election victory but later changed it to the post of head of state.
But with the party deciding to oust Mr. Nath also supported in the party post, Mr. Scindia joined the BJP with 22 loyalist MPs, representing the government of Mr. Nath dropped.
After the BJP came to power in the state, Mr Nath became the leader of the opposition in the state assembly.