Mumbai: Taking a dig at former Congress leader Jyotiraditya Singh, senior leader Digvijay Singh said that later the mandate of Madhya Pradesh was ‘auctioned’ and he always wanted to become Union Minister.
He further refuted the claims about Scindia being denied ticket for the Rajya Sabha by the party leadership.
Jyotiraditya Scindia left the Congress earlier this month to join the BJP, which eventually led to the fall of the Kamal Nath government.
According to the news agency PTI, Singh said in an open letter, “When Scindia himself went out to auction the mandate of Madhya Pradesh, (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi, (Union Home Minister Amit) Shah, apparently to grab it. But auctioning one’s own house cannot be termed an honourable deal.”
He added, “This is a very painful development. It has reduced the hopes and struggles of not only Congressmen but all those who believe in Congress ideology,” while adding “Scindia joined the BJP at a time when the saffron government (at the Centre) is trying to divide the country as per the RSS’s agenda.”
Singh also said that Scindia joining the BJP was wrong. He said, “Some people are saying that there was no possibility of Mr Scindia getting proper post and honours in Congress, he joined BJP, but this is wrong. If he wanted to become Madhya Pradesh Congress president, then it had been offered to him in 2013 but then he preferred to remain a union minister.”
He further said that Scindia refused when the party offered him the post of Deputy Chief Minister.
“Even in 2018, after Congress won the state elections, he was offered the post of Deputy Chief Minister, but Scindia refused and insisted on making his supporter Tulsiram Silavat as deputy CM. But Kamal Nath did not agree, and the recent development has proved him (Nath) right as Silawat joined the BJP when the dreaded coronavirus turned into an epidemic and it was his primary responsibility as the state’s health minister. (Handle it). ”
While terming Scindia’s step as irresponsible, saying, “Scindia wanted to make this person the Deputy Chief Minister, but he was found not only against the ideology of the Congress, but it was very irresponsible,” according to my information. “To the best of my knowledge, no one opposes it.” The Congress had the requisite number of MLAs from Madhya Pradesh to win two seats in the upper house. So it was not an issue. ”
Singh alleged that the issue was that he was a minister in the central government and currently it is possible only for Modi and Shah. After the Congress lost power in the state in 2003 due to its personal commitment to the party.