Amid Crisis in Karnataka and Goa, Congress Minister in MP Warns BJP Against Any Misadventure

Minister Arif Aqueel advised the saffron camp to focus on keeping its own house in order.

Bhopal: A senior Congress minister in Madhya Pradesh has said that no one would dare bring down the Kamal Nath-led government and warned the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) against making any such attempts.

Arif Aqueel, who represents the Bhopal-North Assembly constituency, said, “Kamal Nath Sarkar ko hatanewala koi paida nahin hua. Agar vo hatane ki koshish karenge to BJP ko teen hisson me batwa denge (No one can dare bring down the Kamal Nath government. If the BJP tries to do so, we would divide the BJP in three parts).”

The minister in charge of Bhopal Gas Relief and Rehabilitation, Minority Affairs and MSME departments further advised the saffron camp to focus on keeping its own house in order.

The statement came days after Karnataka and Goa plunged into a political crisis after the BJP allegedly fuelled rebellion in Congress camps in both the states. While 13 party MLAs have resigned in Karnataka, another 10 Congress legislators joined the BJP in Goa.

The MP Assembly would vote on the Budget a day later, with the government fearing a division of votes triggered by the saffron camp.

Verbal spats are frequent between leaders of the grand old party and the BJP in the state, with the latter regularly predicting the downfall of the Nath government.

Last month, the chief minister had dared the BJP to avoid tall talks and, instead, walk their talk. “Are they showing mercy, if they have guts, why not attempt and topple my government,” he had said.

The stability of the Congress government, which has been surviving on a wafer-thin majority with support from allies, has been in question since its formation last year. In the 230-member MP Assembly, the Congress has 114 legislators and the support of two MLAs of the Bahujan Samaj Party, one from the Samajwadi Party, and four Independents, while the BJP has 109 lawmakers.