Former union minister and veteran Congress leader from Madhya Pradesh, Jyotiraditya Scindia, joined the Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday, a day after resigning from Congress. Following his induction into the ruling BJP, he criticised the Congress saying that the party is not the same as it used to be and is far removed from reality.
Scindia, who was inducted into the saffron party by its president JP Nadda, while addressing a press conference at the BJP headquarters hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership and said the country's future is secure in his hands. Talking about his decades-old association with the Congress, Scindia said he was hurt and distressed as he was not being able to serve the people in that party.
Attacking the Congress government in Madhya Pradesh, he said the dream which he along with his former colleagues saw for Madhya Pradesh has been shattered in 18 months.
"I would like to thank BJP chief Nadda, Prime Minister Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah for inviting me into the BJP family," he said, adding that they had given him a platform to serve the people.
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Responding to the latest development, Congress said that BJP is now in serious business of poaching, abducting MLAs, has fine-tuned the art of stealing governments, as reported by PTI.
Meanwhile, former Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan welcomed the veteran Congress leader to the party and expressed his happiness saying, "This is a joyous day for BJP and me personally.
Today, I remember Rajmata Scindia. Jyotiraditya Scindia has become a member of the BJP family. The entire family is with BJP. They have a tradition where politics is a medium to serve people.”
to serve the people.
The Kamal Nath-led Congress government in the state, which has a wafer-thin majority of just four above the majority mark of 116, was plunged into crisis after Scindia’s resignation. Twenty-two MLAs from Scindia's camp had quit the party – 19 of them sent in their resignations to Governor Lalji Tandon while three dispatched it to the Speaker directly. Six of the MLAs are Ministers and CM Kamal Nath wrote to Tandon seeking their immediate removal.
According to NDTV, several Congress MLAs were sent to Jaipur for safe-keeping on Wednesday afternoon as the government scrambled to guard flock.