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Madhavrao Scindia would have been Prime Minister if he had lived: Senior Congress leader Natwar Singh reacts to Scindia’s resignation

Natwar Singh said he is not surprised that Scindia quit Congress. The late Madhavrao Scindia was a strong and popular leader in Congress. His political career was cut short by his sudden death in a helicopter crash.

Following the resignation of Jyotiraditya Scindia from Congress party, veteran Congress leader Natwar Singh has stated that he is not surprised that Scindia is going to join the BJP.

Speaking to ANI, Singh added, “I feel he will be sent to Rajya Sabha & inducted into Union Cabinet. His father Madhavrao Scindia would have been Prime Minister if he had lived.”

It is pertinent to remember that Madhavrao Scindia who was one of the biggest Congress leaders who could not make to the apex post as his life was cut short in a plane accident on September 30, 2001.

He had a strained relationship with both Indira Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi. The story seems to be repeating for his son Jyotriaditya Scindia who tendered his resignation from the party after being deliberately sidelined.

Reportedly, the reason behind the resignation of has to do with the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections. The Congress party could not decide on its candidates due to the pressure tactics employed by Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, Kamal Nath and Digvijaya Singh. As per a report in Outlook, Scindia wanted to contest from the first seat as it would have ensured his comfortable victory to Rajya Sabha. The second seat would have been an uphill task for the grand old party.

However, Scindia’s decision in a way seems predictable too. He has been brutally sidelined after the MP assembly elections. Despite his efforts and follower counts, the CM’s chair was given to Kamal Nath. Reports have also stated that both Scindia and Sachin Pilot, being strong and dynamic leaders with immense popularity in their states, are seen as ‘competitions’ for Congress prince Rahul Gandhi.

Scindia’s resignation has also led to a power crisis in the State. The infighting with the Congress camp in Madhya Pradesh became apparent soon after Kamal Nath assumed the Chief Ministerial post and Scindia was sidelined.

Addressing a rally at Kudila village near Prithvipur in February, Jyothiraditya Scindia said that he would hit the streets if the Congress party’s manifesto was not fulfilled in the state. Scindia made these promises as he expressed solidarity with contract teachers, who were agitating against the state government demanding regularisation.

Scindia’s threats to Chief Minister Kamal Nath comes after Madhya Pradesh Congress government admitted its own failure to deliver the tall promises of farm loan waiver made by their supremo Rahul Gandhi during the Assembly elections campaign in 2018.

Earlier, the change in his Twitter bio created quite a furore over the Internet some time back. Netizens started speculating that the missing ‘Congress’ from the bio may have more than what meets the eye. However, all doubts were put to rest, when Scindia had clarified that he had changed his Twitter bio a month back and not in recent past.

 

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