In a big setback to the Congress, its senior leader Jyotiraditya Scindia joined the ruling BJP on Tuesday in presence of party president JP Nadda.
Scindia, who raised a banner of revolt after being sidelined in the MP Congress, accused his previous party of living in denial mode.
22 Congress MLAs have come out in support of Scindia and they have submitted their resignation from MP Assembly to the Speaker.
“In my life, two dates have been very significant. September 30, 2001, when I lost my father. It changed my life. The second date is March 10, 2020, which was his 75th birth anniversary when I took an informed decision,” Scindia said after joining the BJP.
Thanking PM Narendra Modi, referring to Bharat Mata and resurrecting his father Madhavrao Scindia, he made a strong pitch for himself while being flanked by BJP President J.P. Nadda and BJP”s Madhya Pradesh in-charge Vinay Sahasrabuddhe among others.
Hitting out at the Congress, he alleged that “the Congress today is not the same as it was in its original avatar”. He also accused the Congress of denying ground reality.
“I had a dream when Congress formed the government in Madhya Pradesh in 2018. Eighteen months later, none of the promises is met including the ones that of farmers,” remarked Scindia. He accused his former party of going back on its promises as well as indulging in corruption. “Today ”transfer” is an industry in Madhya Pradesh,” he alleged, hitting out at Kamal Nath.
It is believed the BJP is likely to send him to Rajya Sabha and accommodate in the Union cabinet. Also, as a BJP government is formed in the state, Scindia”s aides are likely to be taken in the Madhya Pradesh cabinet under Shivraj Singh Chauhan.
His resignation on Tuesday came after his meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
He has been upset about being sidelined in the state and preempting that Kamal Nath and Digvijay Singh may have prevailed over the interim Congress president Sonia Gandhi against sending him to the upper house of the parliament.
Scindia has been the only string between the Scindia family and the Congress party. Rajmata Vijayaraje Scindia of Gwalior, Vasundhara Raje, and Yashodhara Raje have been part of the Jan Sangh and the BJP. Only his father chose to go to Congress. With Jyotiraditya Scindia accepting BJP”s primary membership on Wednesday, that relationship has gone.