Jyotiraditya Scindia Resigns from Congress; Likely to Join BJP


New Delhi: Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia resigned from the primary membership of the party on Tuesday. After meeting the top BJP leaders, Scindia sent his resignation to Congress President Sonia Gandhi. The date of the resignation letter is March 9. He said, ‘It has always been my aim to serve the people of my state and country. I am unable to do this now by staying in this party. Jyotiraditya Scindia, in his resignation sent to Congress President Sonia Gandhi, said that I believe that it is best that I now move forward with a new beginning. Scindia is likely to go to the BJP. With his leaving the Congress, the crisis has now deepened on the Kamal Nath government of Madhya Pradesh.

On the other hand, Congress General Secretary KC Venugopal said that Jyotiraditya Scindia has been expelled from the Congress with immediate effect due to his anti-party activities.

Earlier in the ongoing political developments in Madhya Pradesh, senior Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday. There have been indications that he can join hands with the BJP to topple the Kamal Nath government in Madhya Pradesh. Scindia’s meeting with Prime Minister Modi lasted for about an hour. There may be a meeting of the BJP Parliamentary Board this evening.

BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said on Scindia’s resignation, “He is a big leader, a gentle leader, he is welcome if he joins the party.” There are reports of more than 12 MLAs including many Congress ministers in the state government going to Bangalore. These MLAs are said to be supporters of Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia. It is believed that these MLAs may resign so that the Kamal Nath government will come in a minority.