Indore (Madhya Pradesh): Congress leader Jaivardhan Singh on Wednesday hit out at Union minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, saying that the future role of the latter, who quit the grand old party three years ago and joined the BJP, is doubtful in his home state in Madhya Pradesh.
He said it was also doubtful whether Scindia loyalists, who defected to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) along with him in 2020, would be fielded by the ruling saffron party in the upcoming Assembly polls in the state due later this year.
The Kamal Nath-led government in the state collapsed in March 2020 after 22 Congress MLAs, who were Scindia loyalists, resigned from the Assembly and joined the BJP. Following this rebellion, the saffron party returned to power under the leadership of Shivraj Singh Chouhan. The Nath government was in power only for 15 months.
Jaivardhan, son of Congress's Rajya Sabha member Digvijaya Singh
Jaivardhan, who was a cabinet minister in the previous Nath-led government, is the son of Congress's Rajya Sabha member Digvijaya Singh.
Talking to reporters in Indore, Jaivardhan said that Scindia, who was defeated by the BJP from his traditional Guna seat in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, quit the Congress and joined the saffron party.
"Scindia is now a minister in the BJP-led government at the Centre and a member of the Rajya Sabha. There is always a doubt on his future role in Madhya Pradesh," he said.
Jaivardhan said Scindia's priority would be to ensure that his supporters, who became MLAs and ministers after quitting the Congress, get the BJP's ticket again in the upcoming state elections.
Since the BJP always makes "a lot of changes", it is also doubtful whether Scindia loyalists will be able to get the party's ticket in the upcoming Assembly polls, he added.
Jaivardhan dismissed speculation that his father Digvijaya Singh always tried to suppress Scindia's voice when the latter was in the Congress so that he could push his own son (Jaivardhan) ahead in state politics.
Is Scindia so weak that I can suppress his voice?
"Is Scindia so weak that I can suppress his voice? He has been a big leader of the Congress. He has also been a minister in the (Congress-led) United Progressive Alliance government. When Scindia was in the Congress, Rahul Gandhi used to name Scindia after Kamal Nath in every meeting of the party," he said.
Asked about Scindia's decision to quit the Congress and join the BJP, Jaivardhan said Scindia was given full respect when he was in the Congress, but it seems that he could not tolerate his defeat from the Guna seat in the last Lok Sabha elections and therefore joined the BJP. PTI HWP MAS NP