In a hint that he may be in pole
position to be next chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan asked people of the state to observe Janta curfew on Sunday.
He was speaking to reporters moments after Chief Minister Kamal Nath tendered his resignation after the Congress was reduced to a minority in the 230-member Assembly.
The Janta curfew move, announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a national address on Thursday, seeks to keep people indoors between 7am and 9pm on Sunday in a bid to stall the spread of the novel coronavirus.
"Prime Minister Narendra Modiji has asked people to observe Janta curfew on Sunday to check spread of coronavirus. I appeal to all to observe Janta curfew," said Chouhan, former CM and current BJP vice president.
He also said the Nath government in the state fell on its own due to infighting, contradictions and discontent, and the BJP had no role to play in it.
Incidentally, senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh had claimed BJP was offering money to his party MLAs to defect.
He had also claimed there was a dispute between Chouhan and BJP leader Narottam Mishra on who would be CM.
This dispute, Singh claimed, had been settled in favour of Chouhan, with Mishra expected to be deputy CM.
The 15-month-old Nath government fell on Friday after 22 MLAs, loyalists of Jyotiraditya Scindia who crossed over to the BJP, quit the Assembly.
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