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Last Updated Wednesday August 23 2017 03:14 PM IST

Kamal Nath in BJP will leave Congress with one MP in Madhya Pradesh

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Kamal Nath moves closer to BJP with cabinet berth in sight Kamal Nath moves closer to BJP with cabinet berth in sight (file photo)

New Delhi: Senior Congress leader and former Union minister Kamal Nath is all set to switch loyalty to the BJP. The Chhindwara MP from Madhya Pradesh may be inducted in the Narendra Modi cabinet in the next reshuffle, sources hinted.

Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan flew to Delhi on Thursday to meet BJP president Amit Shah and other senior leaders to facilitate Kamal Nath’s entry into the party. An announcement is likely on Friday.

Kamal Nath, one of the only two Congress MPs in Madhya Pradesh, is a prize catch for the BJP, which hopes to retain power in the state in the assembly election next year. The BJP sent feelers to the senior leader after sensing his displeasure over being sidelined in the party.

Kamal Nath was hoping to be anointed the Congress’s leader in the Lok Sabha but the high command chose Mallikarjuna Kharge from Karnataka. The last straw was the choice of Kharge to be the chairman of the Public Accounts Committee. Kharge was asked to continue as the party’s leader in the house, dashing Kamal Nath’s hopes to replace him.

Guna MP Jyotiradiya Scindia would be the sole Congress representative from Madhya Pradesh in the event of Kamal Nath’s exit. The state has 29 MPs.

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