Once Rahul’s buddy, Jyotiraditya was denied appointment for months

Jyotiraditya Scindia’s cousin and former Congress leader Pradyot Manikya Debbarma says Scindia waited for months in vain to get an appointment with Rahul Gandhi

Debbarma (third from left), who recently left the Congress, said it was sad to see the party losing all their young leaders while they thought they will take India into the next decade. Photo: Facebook

The exit of Jyotiraditya Scindia from the Congress has not only exposed the internal chinks in the party, but also his recently estranged relationship with party leader Rahul Gandhi, once a close friend. The beans of an apparent fallout between the two were spilled by Scindia’s cousin and former Congress leader Pradyot Manikya Debbarma on Facebook, after the former’s resignation on Tuesday (March 10).

Debbarma, in the post said despite waiting for months, Scindia could not meet Rahul Gandhi, as he did not give him an appointment.

“I spoke to Jyotiraditya Scindia late night and he told me that he waited and waited but there was no forthcoming appointments given to him by ‘our’ leader,” Debbarma said.

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Debbarma, a member of the Tripura royal family who recently left the Congress, said it was sad to see the party losing all their young leaders while they thought they will take India into the next decade.

“When I had resigned as the president of the Congress in Tripura, I had said that the young guard feels ‘orphaned’ and let down after Rahul Gandhi abruptly quit as the president and left us in a lurch. Suddenly our views were sidelined and the ‘stalwarts’ had started to disregard our policies on key issues,” he wrote.

“In 2018 when BJP approached me, my mother and I was told specifically by Scindia and Rahul that they would ensure that Congress would speak for the indigenous people of Tripura and Northeast and I stayed back in the Congress. It’s two years since and Rahul has gone into hibernation, Scindia has quit the party and I am glad I stood up for what I thought was the right stand for my people in the region which is neither BJP or Congress,” the post read.

A day after his resignation, Scindia was formally inducted into the BJP by party president JP Nadda on Wednesday (March 11). The BJP on Thursday (March 12) named him for one of the two Rajya Sabha seats from Madhya Pradesh, polls to which are due later this months. Reports said he may be entrusted with a cabinet berth once he wins the election.

A major reason behind Scindia’s resignation was the alleged hesitation of the Congress to field him as a first preference candidate for the Rajya Sabha elections, which would have secured his win.

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