Jyotiraditya Scindia has completed over a year in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), however, a ministerial berth still awaits him. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to expand his cabinet in the coming month and Scindia is likely to be inducted into it.
Meanwhile, Scindia on Wednesday said his priority is public service and "post or no post, he will continue to serve people". Speaking to news agency ANI, the BJP leader said, "My priority is public service & continuing on that ideology, I followed the footsteps of my father & grandfather. Post or no post but constant service to people is the traditional value of our Scindia family."
Scindia’s clout in Madhya Pradesh politics has increased:
When Scindia was in the Congress, six of his supporters were allotted berths in the cabinet and now, nine of his supporters have been inducted into the ministry. According to political analysts, Scindia leaving the Congress has highly benefited the BJP, which returned to power within 15 months of the formation of the Congress government. For the uninitiated, Scindia had quit the Congress in March last year and joined the BJP along with 22 MLAs, bringing down the party's government in Madhya Pradesh.
Scindia on Jitin Prasada's Congress-to-BJP switch:
Soon after Congress leader Jitin Prasada joined the BJP on Wednesday, he was given a special welcome by Scindia. "He is like my younger brother and I welcome him to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). I congratulate him," the BJP Rajya Sabha member told news agency ANI.
For the unversed, Jitin Prasada, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Milind Deora and Sachin Pilot were once considered as the young brigade of the Congress and were also very close to former party president Rahul Gandhi. They had also served in the erstwhile Congress government at the Centre. Scindia and Prasada have left for the BJP, while Pilot and Deora seem to be upset over certain issues in the party and have repeatedly called for course correction.