Maha firefighter: Nath leaves for Mumbai

Times of India | 3 days ago | 23-06-2022 | 03:23 am

Maha firefighter: Nath leaves for Mumbai

Bhopal: Former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath rushed to Mumbai on Wednesday morning after AICC president Sonia Gandhi appointed him observer in Maharashtra where the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MHA) government is in crisis. Nath held a meeting with all 44 Maharashtra Congress MLAs as soon as he arrived. He also met NCP chief Sharad Pawar.Nath had played a key role in the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress coalition in Maharashtra after the 2019 assembly elections there. Now, with rebellion in the Shiv Sena, Sonia appointed Nath as observer to firefight the crisis and keep the 44 Congress MLAs together. Sources intate Congress said that Nath had spoken with Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray & NCP leader Sharad Pawar over telephone on Tuesday.“Kamal Nath is known for having good relations with other parties. His stature is such that he directly speaks with top leaders of other political parties, including Uddhav Thackeray, Sharad Pawar, Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav. This is why the Congress national president has given him the responsibility to keep party MLAs united,” PCC media department chairman KK Mishra said.The state BJP, however, took a dig at Nath and said he will “fail at the job”. “I saw on TV the new political developments in Maharashtra and Kamal Nath being sent there as observer. In Madhya Pradesh, no Congress MLA listens to Kamal Nath. And all Congress MLAs are leaving the party here. It looks like he will damage the situation there too,” state BJP president VD Sharma said.Nath’s 15-month-long government was toppled by a rebellion in March 2020 when Jyotiraditya Scindia walked into the saffron camp with 22 MLAs. The BJP returned to power and 12 of his loyalists got berths in the 28-member Shivraj cabinet sworn in on July 2, 2020.

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