Madhya Pradesh Congress stung by 17 cross votes | Bhopal News

BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh Congress was stunned by silence on Friday after realizing that 17 of his MPs had voted in favor of Presidential NDA candidate Draupadhi Murmu in the July 18 elections.
While there are 96 congressmen in the state, UPA presidential candidate Yashwant Sinha only got 79 votes. Murmu, who won the election and will become the first tribal to become president, won 146 votes – 16 more than the strength of the BJP camp, including newcomers from the BSP and Samajwadi party. Five votes were cancelled.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan tweeted, “I express my gratitude to all MPs who are not BJP but voted for Draupadi Murmu ji. They rose above party politics and voted with a conscience.”
The cross-vote was a major shake-up for the state Congress, which has already lost 26 MPs to the BJP since March 2020, when Jyotiraditya Scindia’s rebellion toppled the 15-month-long government of Kamal Nath.
The CCP office remained quiet throughout Friday, awaiting instructions from CCP leader Kamal Nath on the matter.
The party is in a dilemma because there is no way to know who went against the party leadership. The state Congress disagrees with the claim that some tribal party deputies may have shown solidarity with their community to elect the first tribal president.
“It could have been anyone. The culprits may think they will get away with it while the tribal deputies are blamed for the cross vote,” multiple sources within the party said.
One said: “There is so much factionalism within the party that a rival camp might want to tarnish Kamal Nath’s image as the state congress speaker.”
On July 14, UPA presidential candidate and former finance minister Yashwant Sinha was in Bhopal to appeal for votes from Congress MPs. At the meeting, Congressman and former minister Umang Singhar claimed that he was being offered money to vote for the nes presidential candidate.
Addressing a press conference that day, Sinha said: “I am really saddened that during the meeting with the deputies, a lawmaker said that he was receiving phone calls and monetary offers. The MP to accept money and vote for the BJP candidate.”
The BJP state denied the allegation. CM Chouhan called on MPs to “rise above party differences and vote after listening to antar-atma ki awaaz (voice of conscience)”.
On Friday, Home Secretary Narottam Mishra made a dig: “We appreciate what MPs have done to elect the first president, a sister and a daughter, from the tribal community. Congress deputies no longer have confidence in the leadership of Kamal Nath and Digvijaya. Singh. It’s a collapsing wall. Congress has been decimated five times in the past two years.
BJP State Chairman VD Sharma said: “The anti-tribal images of Kamal Nath and Digvijaya Singh were exposed. They were scared that’s why they launched allegations. say that in M, the deputies listened to their antar-atma ki awaaz which led to a historic victory.”

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