- Jyotiraditya Scindia ended his 19 year old allegiance with Congress to join BJP on 11th March 2020
- Rahul Gandhi, recently, took a jab at Scindia saying he has become a BJP backbencher
- Yotiraditya Scindia responds to the comment made by Rahul Gandhi
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s recent reported comment on Jyotiraditya Scindia saying he has become a “backbencher” in the Bharatiya Janata Party and might have to return to the Congress Party to ever be a Chief Minister.
This comment has drawn a swift and sharp response from the Rajya Sabha member who made the big switch last year on the 11th of March 2020.
As quoted by news agency ANI, Jyotiraditya Scindia said, “It would have been a different situation had Rahul Gandhi been concerned the same way as he is now, when I was in the Congress”.
Jyotiraditya Scindia left the Congress, his party of 19 years, last year, starting an exodus that has led to the collapse of the party’s Kamal Nath government and led to the return of the saffron party in Madhya Pradesh.
On Monday, Rahul Gandi spoke about his former close aide while trying to make a point of the importance of the party at a meeting of the Youth Wing of the Congress.
Reportedly, Rahul Gandhi said, “He (Scindia) would have become the Chief Minister had he stayed with Congress but has become a backbencher in the BJP. Scindia had the option to strengthen the organisation by working with Congress workers.
“I told him – One day you will become the Chief Minister. But he chose another route”.
The Congress MP, according to sources quoted by ANI, also said, “Write it down, he will never become Chief Minister there. He will have to come back here for that.”
Mr Scindia had, before joining the BJP, been in a sulk for more than a year and sources close to him claimed that he failed to get an appointment with Sonia Gandhi or Rahul Gandhi for months.