Madhya Pradesh Assembly polls: Kamal Nath does a U-turn amid row over statement ahead of Rahul Gandhi’s visit to state

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Days after triggering a storm in election-bound Madhya Pradesh with his remark that at least 30 ruling BJP MLAs want to contest the upcoming polls on Congress tickets, senior party leader and Congress state unit president Kamal Nath has taken a U-turn on his remark. Nath clarified that he only said that BJP legislators are in touch with him. When asked why the BJP MLAs are in contact with him, he refused to divulge the details. I only said that 30 MLAs (BJP) are in contact with me. I cant talk about why they are in contact with me, Naths clarification comes just ahead of Congress president Rahul Gandhis visit to the state to kick off the partys poll campaign in the state from Bhopal. During his Indore visit a few days ago, Nath had said that 30 BJP MLAs have applied for Congress tickets. Nath had extended an invitation when he was asked to comment on BJP leader Babulal Gaurs remarks praising the former for development works in Chhindwara, Naths parliamentary constituency. He knows the truth as he was Urban Development Minister too. The BJP and Congress are on a warpath in Madhya Pradesh ahead of the Assembly elections that will be held later this year. Leaders of both the parties are campaigning to garner the support of the public. While Shivraj is seeking a fourth consecutive term as the CM of the central state, the Congress has fielded its bigwigs to counter the BJPs strategy to regain the power.