Bhopal 02.05.2020. First time since his fall from power, former Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath has said that he could not save his government despite having information about the moves being played by the Jyotiraditya Scindia and BJP because he was led into a false belief by Digvijaya Singh that certain MLAs would never leave.
“It was not done purposefully but probably because of a lack of understanding of the situation. Digvijaya Singh felt that certain MLAs who were talking to him thrice a day would never go away but they did,” Kamal Nath said in an exclusive conversation with India Today TV at his residence in Bhopal on Friday.
“As far as Jyotiraditya Scindia is concerned, I knew that he was in touch with the BJP since July after he lost the Lok Sabha elections. He could never digest the fact that he lost the Lok Sabha election by over one lakh votes and that too to someone who was an ordinary Congress worker before the BJP picked him up,” said the veteran Congress leader.
” Jyotiraditya Scindia was in touch with the BJP after his defeat but the state unit of their party never wanted him but they eventually took him because the BJP’s top leadership wanted the second Rajya Sabha seat from Madhya Pradesh at any cost,” said Kamal Nath, who appeared to be still smarting over the humiliation forced down his throat by the Scindia-BJP combine.
On the chances of the Congress making a comeback in the by-elections, Kamal Nath said, “It’s a game of numbers. Right now we have 92 MLAs and they have 107. By-elections are to be held for 24 seats so we have to win least 15 of them to be at par with the BJP and then the rest 7 that includes 4 Independents, will also come into play. The conditions right now are such that we will win more than 15 seats. Scindia and Shivraj will not be able to campaign for these elections.”
The Kamal Nath government was toppled by a stunning move from Jyotiraditya Scindia, who quit the Congress after a long career with the party and went on to join the BJP. He took a bunch of MLAs with him, including ministers in the Kamal Nath government, bringing down Congress’s numbers to a minority in the assembly.
Explaining the party’s strategy to come back to power in Madhya Pradesh, Kamal Nath said, “Lack of economic activity and direct consequences of the lockdown are having a devastating impact on the rural economy across the country.”
“Farmers are forced to destroy their vegetable produce as there is no market while they there is no support from the government,” he said.
Kamal Nath further added, “There is a biscuit factory owned by Britannia in Chhindwara, I had called up the owner to start operations so that people don’t lose their livelihoods but I was surprised when the factory management got back to me saying they would not be able to start production because there was no demand for biscuits right now.”
The Congress leader went on to add that several other industries that depend on the rural economy for growth have come to a standstill with the lockdown.
“There are so many industrial units like two-wheelers manufacturers that are dependent on rural economic activity for growth. Maximum demand for two-wheelers is from rural areas and in a situation when farmers are forced to dump their crop on roads, the after-effects are going to stay much after the lockdown is over,” he said.
Kamal Nath’s office, in a clarification, has said, “Me [Kamal Nath] and Digvijaya Singh were given a false assurance by some MLAs that they would return but they did not return so we could not save the government.”