Congress leader Sajjan Singh Verma speaking to ANI in Bhopal on Wednesday. Photo/ANI
Congress leader Sajjan Singh Verma speaking to ANI in Bhopal on Wednesday. Photo/ANI

19 Cong MLAs lodged in Bengaluru not willing to support Scindia nor in favour of joining BJP: Sajjan Singh

ANI | Updated: Mar 11, 2020 13:32 IST


Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) [India], Mar 11 (ANI): After meeting with 19 party MLAs who have tendered their resignations, Congress leader Sajjan Singh Verma on Wednesday said they are neither willing to support Jyotiraditya Scindia nor in favour of joining BJP as they were "misled and taken to Bengaluru" in Karnataka.
"Nobody is ready to go with Scindia ji. They said they were misled and taken to Bengaluru, most of them said they are not ready to join BJP," Verma told ANI on being asked about the 19 MLAs.
"I just came from Bengaluru and now I am going to Jaipur. Besides 5-6 ministers and one MLA, we all are going to Jaipur. They (MLAs) have said they have the blood of Congress and they will remain in the party. Since Scindia was a senior party leader, all our MLAs followed his order as a courtesy," he said.
The Congress leader further claimed that BJP is using both "muscle and money power" to influence Congress MLAs.
He also claimed that he is strongly in contact with 7-8 BJP MLAs.
On Tuesday, Congress sent two of its leaders -- Verma and Govind Singh -- to Bengaluru in order to pacify some of the rebel MLAs who are lodged in a hotel there and who claimed to have resigned from the state Legislative Assembly.
Most of the rebel MLAs are perceived close to Scindia and are apparently unhappy at Scindia being "ignored" in the party. The grand old party has been witnessing an internal turf war in Madhya Pradesh since the party formed the government in the state in 2018.
Scindia is likely to join BJP later today. (ANI)

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