Madhya Pradesh to get 3 new districts

By Sarkaritel March 19, 2020 07:11

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Bhopal, March 19  The Madhya Pradesh Cabinet on Wednesday gave in-principle approval to the formation of three new districts in the state.

Chief Minister Kamal Nath’s refusal to even listen to his MLAs is being cited as the principal reason for the crisis he has got into. The wisdom must have dawned a little too late in the day though.

The state Cabinet met shortly during the first half of the day and approved in principle to constitute three new districts including Chachaura, Maihar and Nagda, said a public relations department officer.

Chachaura is currently part of Guna district and an Assembly seat represented by Lakshman Singh, younger brother of veteran Congress leader Digvijaya Singh. This has been a long pending demand of Lakshman Singh, who a couple of months ago staged a sit-in at Digvijaya Singh’s house to press for this demand.

Similarly, Maihar, currently part of Satna district, is an Assembly seat represented by BJP MLA Narayan Tripathi, who was seen with the Congress legislators just after the Assembly proceedings on Monday. He was also absent during the parade of BJP legislators before the Governor on Monday. Tripathi has been demanding the declaration of Maihar district since long.

Tripathi, along with another BJP MLA Sharad Kol (Beohari) had backed the Congress-led government during voting on a bill in the MP Assembly in July last year.

Nagda is currently part of Ujjain district.

Following the formation of the new districts the number would rise to 55. The Cabinet also cleared several other proposals including appointments of retired IAS officers.

Earlier on Tuesday, a BJP delegation led by former Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan met Madhya Pradesh Governor Lalji Tandon, requesting him to cancel appointments being made to constitutional posts by the “minority” Congress government.

In a massive setback for the Congress, prominent state leader Jyotiradtya Scindia quit the party and joined the BJP on March 11 and in a coordinated rebellion, 22 MLAs loyal to him resigned last week, pushing the 15-month-old Kamal Nath government to the brink of collapse.

By Sarkaritel March 19, 2020 07:11