CONGRESS TAKEs A HIT … Scindia quits Congress, set to join BJP; Kamal Nath blinks in MP

BHOPAL: The decks were cleared for a change of government in Madhya Pradesh, with senior Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia quitting the Congress along with 20 MLAs, reducing the Kamal Nath-led Congress government in the state to a minority in the state assembly.
In fast-moving developments on Tuesday, Scindia held a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah, and then went on to announce his resignation from the Congress party. He is expected to join the BJP, rather than forming a new party, and he will be given a Rajya Sabha nomination by the saffron party. RS polls are to take place in Madhya Pradesh assembly soon.
Scindia posted his resignation letter on his social media page. Dated March 9, it stated: “…this is a path that has been drawing itself out over the last year” … “While my aim and purpose remain the same as it has always been from the very beginning, to serve the people of my state and country, I believe am unable to do this anymore within this party.”
Shortly after Scindia posted his resignation letter on his social media page, Congress general secretary KC Venugopal announced that Scindia has been expelled from the Congress. He “stood expelled with immediate effect for anti-party activities,” the party said.
The BJP has called a meeting of the legislature party in Bhopal this evening. Scindia is likely to join the BJP at the event, when the party is also likely to stake its claim to form the next ministry. Former BJP chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is likely to be renamed for the CM post.
The 49-year-old Scindia, a former MP from Guna, had lost the last LS polls from this constituency. While his father Madhavrao Scindia, who died in a plane crash in Mainpuri, Uttar Pradesh, in 2001, was a Congressman and Union minister for repeated terms, his mother Rajamata Gayatridevi as also sister Vasundhara Raje Scindia – former Rajasthan CM – remained with the BJP. Jyotiraditya Scinda was a CM aspirant after the Congress won the 2018 December assembly polls in the state, but a crafty Kamal Nath, who was then state pcc chief, managed to grab the post. 
Kamal Nath has a highly corrupt image, and now commands a business empire in large swathes of Madhya Pradesh and beyond. Nath was a close chum of Sanjay Gandhi as also close to Sonia Gandhi in later years. Jyotiraditya Scindia was close to Rahul Gandhi, but this did not help him get the CM post.–IHN-NN

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