Bhopal: The recent expansion of Union Cabinet with the entry of Jat chieftain Ajit Singh as the Civil Aviation Minister has left desirous candidates from Madhya Pradesh, eyeing Cabinet portfolio, in an awkward position. The political bickering within the Madhya Pradesh Pradesh Congress Committee (MPPCC) has started affecting party’s national image.

It is worth mentioning that Madhya Pradesh, with its huge representation in the Union Council of Ministers, has always superseded any other state.

Ironically, in the major expansion and reshuffle of the Union Council of Ministers in July this year, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had dropped seven ministers that included two MPs from Madhya Pradesh alone.

Presently, with the exit of former Tribal Affairs Minister Kantilal Bhuria and former Minister of State for Agriculture Arun Yadav, only two MPs from the state, Kamal Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia, have managed to retain their positions in the Union Council of Ministers so far.

According to the sources, factionalism among the MPPCC leaders has highly contributed to the crisis. Moreover, the differences among the party members in the state had restricted them from proposing any name before the party high command for the minor expansion that took place on Sunday.

“The differences in the state unit is emerging as a major threat to our poll prospect in Madhya Pradesh”, sources said while quoting Gandhi’s comment during his Bhopal tour.

JPN/Bureau