Is Kamal Nath set to join the ‘Kamal’ party, could be 10th ex-CM to quit Congress

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This 2024 Lok Sabha polls seem to be a tougher challenge to the grand old party of India than ever before. After party veteran and former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan joining the Bharatiya Janata Party barely few days ago, the Congress seems to be set to suffer another big jolt, this time in Madhya Pradesh before 2024 Lok Sabha polls ? Will its veteran and former MP chief minister Kamal Nath tread the Scindia-Chavan path and switch sides ? Speculations are rife about the former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, along with his son Nakul, and a neat bunch of MPs set to cross over to the saffron bandwagon. Rumours of Kamal Nath being disgruntled over being denied a Rajya Sabha ticket and Congress party not ready to tackle the situation directly through talks has created ripples in Madhya Pradesh politics.
The Congress veteran is said to be in touch with the BJP top brass giving rise to speculations of apossible switchover. A former Chief Minister and nine-time MP, Kamal Nath, who has been associated with three generations of the Gandhis, is likely to end his nearly five decade association with the Congress, that to at a time when the party was going through a never before experienced rough patch.

However, this, off-late may not be anything new for the Congress party leadership as it has seen many of such turncoats emerging out of its own nest but certainly would further dent its existence.

As per reports, the count of leaders quitting the grand old party was continuously on the rise since 2014. The central ruling party BJP has been benefited the most from this. Congress, if speculations turned true, would be in for another big blow before the Lok Sabha elections in the form of Kamal Nath joining BJP from Madhya Pradesh. However, ever since Congress was out of central power, many of its leaders have left the party. Recently, two big leaders from Maharashtra, Ashok Chavan and Milind Deora bid adieu to the party.

Kamal Nath could be 10th ex-CM to quit Congress

The septuagenarian would be the tenth former CM of the Congress to leave the party in nearly a decade’s period, joining the ranks of Amarinder Singh (Punjab), Mukul Sangma (Meghalaya), Vijay Bahuguna (Uttarakhand), Maharashtra’s Ashok Chavan, late Ajit Jogi (Chhattisgarh), Narayan Rane (Maharashtra), S M Krishna (Karnataka), Giridhar Gamang (Odisha), Ghulam Nabi Azad (Jammu and Kashmir) and Giridhar Gamang (Odisha) respectively.

Exodus from Congress

As per reports, since 2014, Congress leaders have defected the most in comparision to defections faced by ther political parties. BJP turned out to be the biggest beneficiary of the same after Narendra Modi became Prime Minister of the country.

Some other big names in the grand old party who chose defection to loyalty include Jyotiraditya Scindia, RPN Singh, Sushmita Dev, Jitin Prasad, Alpesh Thakur, Anil Antony, Kapil Sibbal, Hardik Patel, Sunil Jhakar, Ashwani Kuma, Milind Deora, etc.

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