Wading into the political crisis that has engulfed the Congress party and the Madhya Pradesh government, well-known poll strategist and politician Prashant Kishor took a dig at Jyotiraditya Scindia, on Tuesday (March 10), over his resignation from the Congress. He said that Scindia has nothing to boast of except his surname which helped him succeed in politics.
“Amazing that those who usually find fault with Gandhis leading Congress because of their surname are finding a Scindia leaving INC as big jolt for the party!” he said on Twitter.
Fact is but for his surname even @JM_Scindia has little to show as mass leader, political organiser or administrator.
— Prashant Kishor (@PrashantKishor) March 10, 2020
He added, “Fact is but for his surname even @JM_Scindia has little to show as mass leader, political organiser or administrator.”
Scindia comes from the former Gwalior royal bloodline. Other members of his extended family too have been in politics for years.
The rebel leader is the son of Madhavrao Scindia, who was killed in a plane crash in 2001. Vijaye Raje Scindia, Scindia’s late grandmother, was a parliamentarian and a Bharatiya Jana Sangh leader. His aunt Vasundhara Raje served as a Chief Minister of Rajasthan.
A day after Scindia’s faction of 17 MLAs left for Bengaluru, which later resulted in the resignation of 22 MLAs from the Congress, Scindia tendered his resignation to party president Sonia Gandhi on Monday (March 9), giving the BJP an advantage in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly with regard to proving their majority.
“Having been a primary member of the Congress Party for the last 18 years, it is now time for me to move on. I am tendering my resignation from the primary membership of the Indian National Congress and as you well know, this is a path that has been drawing itself out over the last year,” he had written in his resignation letter, an image of which he tweeted on his Twitter handle after meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
“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 I am unable to do this anymore with this party,” he added.
— Jyotiraditya M. Scindia (@JM_Scindia) March 10, 2020
The 22 MLAs who resigned are set to join the BJP, and there are speculations that Scindia may get a Rajya Sabha seat from Madhya Pradesh if/after he joins the BJP.