Personal ambition played major role in Scindia’s decision: Adhir Ranjan

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Hitting out at rebel leader Jyotiraditya Scindia soon after he resigned from the Congress, party leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Tuesday (March 10) said ideology did not matter to Scindia and claimed that “political convenience” and “personal ambition” played a major role in his decision to quit the party.

Chowdhury alleged that some sort of “allurement and enticement” offered by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had convinced Scindia for switching over from the Congress. “It is sad news for the Congress party because Jyotiraditya Scindia had been nurtured by the party over the years,” Chowdhury told PTI.

“He had been entrusted with important jobs by the party. But now the situation had come to such a pass that he found it more convenient to switch over to the other party,” Chowdhury said.

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“Some sort of allurement, enticement offered by the BJP had convinced him for switching over,” Chowdhury said. “Now he has become the asset of the BJP.”

The leader of Congress in Lok Sabha claimed that ideology had no meaning for Scindia because if it had mattered, he would not have left the Congress. “It is simply political convenience and personal ambition, which have played a major part in his decision,” Chowdhury added.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot too accused Scindia of betraying the trust of people and ideology, saying people like him cannot thrive without power and the sooner they leave, the better it would be.

Gehlot said joining hands with the BJP at the time of a national crisis spoke volumes about his self-indulgent political ambitions.

Taking it to Twitter, he said, “Mr Scindia has betrayed the trust of people as well as the ideology. Such people prove that they can’t thrive without power. Sooner they leave the better.”

“Joining hands with the BJP in a time of national crisis speaks volumes about a leader’s self-indulgent political ambitions, especially when the BJP is ruining the economy, democratic institutions, social fabric and as well the judiciary,” he said.

Gehlot landed in Delhi on Monday night to make last-minute efforts to save the Madhya Pradesh government of the Congress.

In a massive setback for the Congress, Scindia quit the party, pushing the Kamal Nath government in Madhya Pradesh into virtual collapse and signalling that he is likely to join hands with the BJP.

The Congress expelled the party general secretary and scion of the erstwhile Gwalior royal family on charges of anti-party activities.

Earlier this morning, Scindia met BJP leader and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, following which he called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his residence in Delhi.

(With inputs from agencies)

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