Jyotiraditya Scindia set to begin new innings with BJP tomorrow, bids bitter bye to Congress

Ghughuti Bulletin


Former union minister
Jyotiraditya Scindia is set to begin his new innings with the
BJP on Wednesday, a day after he left the
Congress and triggered a possible collapse of the
Kamal Nath government in Madhya Pradesh.

He will be formally inducted into the BJP in the morning, sources told ET, before the party releases the list of nominations for the Rajya Sabha elections due this month. Scindia is reportedly eyeing an RS nomination and a cabinet berth in return for crossing over to the BJP.

This was known after a meeting of the BJP’s Central Election Committee chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the party headquarters on Tuesday evening to finalise the names.

Within hours of Scindia’s exit, more than 20 party MLAs close to him submitted their resignation from the assembly putting the Congress in an apparent minority in Madhya Pradesh. An MLA each from the SP and BSP who were earlier supporting the Congress were also seen with BJP leaders.

The timing is symbolic – all this happened on the 75th birth anniversary of his father, the late Madhavrao Scindia, who was a union minister in the Congress governments led by Rajiv Gandhi and PV Narasimha Rao, and later left to float his own outfit.

It was a bitter parting for Scindia as he announced his resignation from the Congress shortly after a meeting with Prime Minister Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah earlier in the day.

Scindia bids bitter goodbye

In his letter to Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi, Scindia said it was time for him to move on after working with the Congress for 18 years.

He said his resignation was “a path that has been drawing itself out over the last year” — a clear reference to his frequent fights with the party state leadership, the last of which was reportedly over a Rajya Sabha nomination.

His former colleagues hit back at him bitterly, with Rajasthan chief minister ashok Gehlot saying he betrayed the trust of the people and the ideology he worked for.

“Joining hands with BJP in a time of national crisis speaks volumes about a leaders self-indulgent political ambitions.Especially when the BJP is ruining the economy, democratic institutions, social fabric and as well the judiciary,” Gehlot said.

Other senior Congress leaders, Adhir Ranjan Chaudhury and Digvijaya Singh, alleged Scindia was allured by the BJP leadership with promises of a Rajya Sabha seat and a cabinet berth.

“This is part of a conspiracy to reverse the mandate of people of Madhya Pradesh because Kamal Nath has acted against mafias,” Singh said.

‘Ghar wapsi’ says his aunt

Scindia’s aunt and BJP MLA from Madhya Pradesh, Yashodhara Raje Scindia, welcomed her nephew’s decision to move from the Congress, calling it a “ghar wapsi” for him

“Rajmata’s blood took the decision in the national interest, the new country will be created, now every distance has ended,” she tweeted. Jyotiraditya’s grandmother and Yashodhara Raje’s mother Vijayaraje Scindia, popularly known as ‘Rajmata’, was the co-founder of the BJP.

Jyotiraditya’s two paternal aunts – Yasodhara Raje and former Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje – are both with the BJP. Madhavrao Scindia himself began his career with the Jan Sangh before switching to the Congress in 1980.

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