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New Delhi, March 4, 2020
There was high drama in Bhopal and Gurugram near here after eight MLAs, including four of the Congress, two from Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), one from Samajwadi Party and one independent, went missing from the state and were tracked in Gurugram by senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh.
In a late night "rescue" operation headed by Digvijaya Singh, one of the MLAs was brought back.
Around 2 a.m., Congress leaders Jitu Patwari and Digvijaya Singh's son Jai Vardhan Singh, both Ministers in the Kamal Nath government in Madhya Pradesh, reached a luxury hotel in Haryana and brought back suspended BSP MLA Ramabai.
Sources say contact was also established with Congress MLA Bishulal Singh, but so far he has not returned.
Digvijaya Singh, a former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, said, "When we got to know about this, we tried to get back the MLAs and Ramabai has come back while others want to come, but the BJP is trying to stop the MLAs."
The development comes a day after Digvijaya Singh accused the BJP of poaching his party's legislators to topple the Congress government in the state.
Singh had alleged that the MLAs were being offered huge cash in lieu of support to the BJP.
Sources said the Congress will raise the matter in Parliament also.
The Congress is apprehensive about this development as it lost its coalition government in Karnataka after more than 10 MLAs resigned and switched to the BJP.
In the 228-member Assembly in Madhya Pradesh, the Congress has 114 seats and formed the government with the help of two BSP, one Samajwadi Party and four independent legislators. Two seats are currently vacant after the death of the respective MLAs. The BJP has 107 seats.