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Media Watch: The “Scindia Saga” gaffe

Lalit Shastri

Scindia Saga: In this 30 minute programme on CNN News 18 telecast from 8.00 pm to 8.30 pm (14 March 2020), Pallavi Ghosh traced the rivalry between Jyotiraditya Scindia and Digvijay Singh (in her own words) to “1997 when Digvijay became MP CM instead of Madhavrao Scindia, who was the front-runner for the post”. Such a gaffe is unexpected by a journalist at Pallavi Ghosh’s level in a prime time programme. This happened in 1993 and not 1997. And even then, there was a last moment message from Madhavrao Scindia to extend support to Shyama Charan Shukla just before the crucial Congress Legislature Party meeting to elect the CLP leader after the 1993 State Assembly election at the end of one year of President’s Rule that was imposed in the wake of the Babri demolition. In that CLP meeting, the Arjun Singh faction backed Digvijay and got him elected as leader. This was in the backdrop when Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao was almost on the verge of nominating SC Shukla as leader but after getting Scindia’s support, SC Shukla became sure of victory and had pressed for election, which he lost. Rest is history as Digvijay then ruled Madhya Pradesh continuously for 10 years from 1993 to 2003.

I remember, it was around midnight (Dec 1993)…I was the only journalist waiting near the flight of stairs leading to the first floor hall at the CM’s official Shamla Hill residence where the Congress legislators were busy electing their leader when Digvijay came rushing down and called for his driver to send him on an errand. That’s when he turned to me and broke the news that he had been elected leader. I got my news, which became The Hindu headline the next day.

Jyotiraditya Scindia files nomination for Rajya Sabha

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Bhopal: Jyotiraditya Scindia, who has joined BJP after dumping the Congress party, on Friday 13 March 2020, filed his nomination papers for the Rajya Sabha election, scheduled later this month.

Former Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was by Scindia’s side when he filed his papers.

A day earlier, former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijay Singh had filed his nomination for Rajya Sabha from the Congress side.

Scindia’s exit from the Congress has been followed up with the resignation of 22 Congress MLAs plunging the Kamal Nath led Madhya Pradesh government in crisis. Nineteen of these MLAs were camping in Bengaluru – far from the control and any possible influence and attempt by Chief Minister Nath and the ruling Congress camp to woo them back into the Congress fold. In this backdrop, the rebel MLAs were to return to the State capital from Bengaluru by two chartered flights on Friday evening and there was a huge BJP crowd present at the airport to receive them. In the meanwhile, a large number of Congress workers also converged at the airport entrance and sensing trouble, the district administration even clamped prohibitory orders to restrict assembly of people in that area. Around this time, the rebel legislators also sent a message to the State Police chief to seek protection by central CRPF and not the state police. At the same time it was also announced that the rebel MLAs had abandoned the plan to land at the airport in the evening.

The State Governor on Friday expelled six Ministers from the State Cabinet. All of them are staunch Scindia supporters and have resigned as MLA.

Immediately after Scindia left the Congress and joined the BJP, the State EOW also swung into action and began investigation into a complaint alleging that Scindia and his family had forged a property document.

Rajya Sabha election: BJP nominates Jyotiraditya Scindia from Madhya Pradesh

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New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party has nominated Jyotiraditya Scindia for Rajya Sabha from Madhya Pradesh.

13 March is the deadline for filing nominations for the Rajya Sabha election.

The others nominated by the BJP are:

Bhuvaneshwar Kalita – Assam

Vivek Thakur – Bihar

Abhay Bhardwaj – Gujarat

Ramola Ben Vara – Gujarat

Deepak Prakash – Bihar

Liyeseva Maharaja – Manipur

Shrimant Udayana Raje Bhonsle – Maharashtra

Rajendra Gehlot – Rajasthan

Jyotiraditya Scindia joins BJP

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New Delhi/Bhopal: Former Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia on Wednesday, a day after quitting the Congress party, joined the BJP in the presence of party national president JP Nadda.

Speaking on this occasion, Scindia said that the Congress party is no more the party that it used to be. He was compelled to leave it since he was hurt and was not able to serve the people in his previous organisation, he added.

Scindia said that he was unable to meet the aim of public service in the Congress party. he also said that young leaders were feeling stifled in the Congress. He said “there have been two life changing events in his life – one, the day he lost his father and the second was yesterday, his father’s 75th Birth Anniversary, when he decided to choose a new path for his life.”

Scindia thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, and the BJP President for inviting me into the BJP family.

He said that Prime Minister Modi got a historic and unprecedented mandate not once but twice to take the country on the path of progress. He especially underscored the Prime Minister’s vision and his commitment and ability to ensure the government’s policies and programmes get translated into reality.

Scindia took a jibe at the Kamal Nath Government, now on the verge of collapse, by saying that it has failed to meet the electoral promise of waiving farmers’ loans within 10 days of coming to power. He said the farmers have been cheated, there are no jobs in Madhya Pradesh and equated the State Government under Nath’s leadership with the transfer industry, rampant corruption and the mining mafia.

Welcoming Scindia into the party fold, the BJP chief said “the entry of Jyotiraditya Scindia in BJP is like a family member coming back to the party.” Remembering Rajmata Scindia as a guiding spirit, Nadda said, it is a matter of great happiness for us as her grand son has now joined the BJP.

Fromer MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and former State Minister Yashodhara Raje Scindia

In Bhopal, former Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Singh Chouhan, welcomed Scindia’s entry into the BJP fold. Chouhan, who was flanked by Jyotiraditya’s aunt and senior BJP leader Yashodhara Raje Scindia, was addressing media-persons in the State capital. He recalled the role played by Rajmata Scindia in building the Jan Sangha and then the BJP and said that they are treating Jyotiraditya’s entry into the BJP as “home-coming”. He described Scindia as a brilliant and visionary leader.