New Delhi: Minutes after Jyotiraditya Scindia announced his resignation from the Congress, the grand old party insisted he is being expelled instead.
K.C. Venugopal, General Secretary of the Congress, issued a short statement that read, "Congress President has approved the expulsion of Sh. Jyotiraditya Scindia from the Indian National Congress with immediate effect for anti-party activities." However, this statement comes after Scindia tweeting out his resignation letter to Sonia Gandhi dated March 9.
BJP took a sharp dig at the 'expulsion' logic by the Congress. BJP's Amit Malviya asked, "How can you expel a person who has already resigned?" Earlier, in his resignation to Sonia Gandhi, Scindia cited, "...as you well know, this is a path that has been drawing itself out over the last year," adding that he is "unable" to "serve" people having been a part of the Congress.
At least 17 Congress legislators have gone incommunicado and are set to join the BJP and are likely to be made minister in Madhya Pradesh if the Kamal Nath government falls.
Meanwhile, Cabinet minister in Kamal Nath government Jitu Patwari on Tuesday lashed out at Jyotiraditya Scindia and the royal dynasty and how the Scindia dynasty has been stooge of the British.
Meanwhile, an important meeting of the BJP is going on in Bhopal at the party headquarters where Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, state BJP chief B.D. Sharma among others are in attendance, to chalk out a strategy to form the next government in Madhya Pradesh. A meeting of the BJP legislators will also be held on Tuesday evening to elect a leader.