Ujjain: Storm like situation occurred in the State Congress politics with Jyotiraditya Scindia’s supporters reaching New Delhi on Saturday to exert pressure on him to become Deputy Chief Minister (DCM) and Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) chief on the Rajasthan theory.
According to reports, hundreds of Congress party leaders and over one dozen newly-elected MLAs sat on dharna outside Scindia’s residence at the national capital on Saturday evening. They were reportedly peeved over sidelining of Scindia in the government formation and future course of the party organisation. Scindia was the PCC election campaign committee chairman and the BJP in its media campaigning coined the slogan of ‘Maaf Karo Maharaj’ on him.
But, after long discussions and ups and downs as party high command favoured Kamal Nath as the CM of Madhya Pradesh, Scindia’s supporters got nervous. They certainly got aggressive when the party high command tipped Ashok Gehlot as Rajasthan CM and decided to make PCC chief Sachin Pilot as the DCM. In Rajasthan’s case also, the party high command took more than sufficient time to evolve the theory of making Gehlot as CM, but PCC Pilot chief as DCM.
Now Scindia’s supporters wanted similar status for him on the pattern of Rajasthan and that’s why they consulted each other throughout Friday and reached Delhi by Saturday afternoon. They sat on dharna outside Scindia’s residence for many hours so that they could exert pressure not only on him to get ready for the new role, but also to alert the party high command to adhere to their submissions for the larger interests of the party workers across Madhya Pradesh.
How they pleaded…
“jyotiraditya scindia works hard and that too for more than 15-16 hours every day. If he sits in bhopal in the capacity of dcm-cum-pcc chief, the party cadre will be benefitted besides serving the people of the state in efficient manner. We have put our aspirations before scindia on saturday and responding to us he said that he would retract from his commitment. On sunday as well we will continue to get him ready for new role and hundreds of workers and party mlas would be reaching delhi for this cause.” rajendra bharti, pcc vice-president, who fought from ujjain north and lost the election told free press