Bhopal: The former chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, Kamal Nath, left for Delhi after losing the assembly elections. His destination was to meet with Mallikarjun Kharge and Rahul Gandhi, two of the party’s leading luminaries. According to people with knowledge of the situation, the meeting, which was attended by Congress General Secretary (Organisation) KC Venugopal, began around 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Kharge’s Delhi residence.
Following the electoral debacle, the Congress high command has wielded the sword of instruction, pleading with Kamal Nath to resign as the head of the Madhya Pradesh Congress and allow the appointment of a new state steward. Insider knowledge from the corridors of power suggests that the former chief minister is about to submit his resignation as state president of Congress.
Elections in 230 assembly seats were held on November 17, causing seismic shaking in Madhya Pradesh’s political landscape. Results were also released for Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, and Telangana. Following the Congress’s defeat, Kamal Nath spoke to the media, recognizing the Madhya Pradesh voters’ mandate and indicating that the party was prepared to take on the opposition role. Nath congratulated the winning BJP and expressed hope that they will fulfill their duties to the people of the state.
The BJP established its hegemony in the 2023 MP Assembly elections by winning an overwhelming majority of 163 seats, leaving the Congress in second place with 66 seats. This is a sharp contrast to the 2018 election outcome, in which Kamal Nath became the Chief Minister after the Congress won 114 seats and saw his administration fall within 15 months as a result of internal dissension.
Kamal Nath called a review meeting with recently elected MLAs and party officials at the Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee office in Bhopal, anticipating a moment of reflection. Nath stressed the importance of a thorough evaluation and the seriousness of the candidates’ and MLAs’ preliminary reports in a post-meeting reflection. He claimed that the loss is a testing ground for learning, fixing flaws, and getting ready for the next Lok Sabha elections.
The group of recently elected Congress members of parliament pleaded with organizational leaders to understand the nuances of the BJP’s painstaking micromanagement and to stop complaining pointlessly about Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). Kamal Nath chaired a Congress conclave at the state headquarters where unsuccessful candidates, including Burhanpur’s Surendra Singh Shera and Manawar’s victorious Dr. Hiralal Alawa, exposed party inadequacies. Voters expressed dissatisfaction, blaming the Pradesh Congress Committee’s insufficient support during the election break. A few candidates also bemoaned the noticeable lack of support from well-known figures.
In an unequivocal statement, Shera Bhaiya demanded that everyone responsible for the party’s defeat be removed as soon as possible, regardless of status or stature. His plea reverberated throughout the gathering hall, inspiring cheers. He pleaded with the parties to move quickly and without hesitation.