New Delhi: In the middle of an apparent political manoeuvring by the BJP in Karnataka, reports are coming in from Madhya Pradesh that the BJP is trying to topple the Kamal Nath government there. Sources in the Congress said the Bharatiya Janata Party’s policymakers are keener to topple the Congress government in Madhya Pradesh than Congress-JD(S) coalition government in Karnataka.
Media reports citing a “senior Congress source” said the BJP has stepped up its effort to make a real push to topple the Madhya Pradesh government and the saffron rival could be keener to bring about a regime change in the state.
However, the Congress downplayed the threat posed by the BJP “manoeuvring”. Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath, without pulling any punches, warned the BJP to “protect its own house” and not to bother about the Congress government.
Responding to media queries on alleged horse-trading attempts by the BJP, Nath laughed while referring to the BJP walkout in the vidhan sabha (legislative assembly) and said, “Jo bhaag jaae maidan se, woh kya rahega maidan mein (The ones who are fleeing are not expected to fight).”
He said, “The BJP may have been luring (our) MLAs, but I have faith in all Congress legislators and MLAs of parties supporting us. Let me tell the BJP, do not worry about Congress, you better protect your own house first.”