Rahul Calls Scindia Backbencher in BJP, Latter Lashes Out at Him
Rahul Gandhi remarked that BJP leader Jyotiraditya Scindia could have become chief minister with the Congress.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday, 8 March, remarked that BJP leader Jyotiraditya Scindia could have become chief minister with the Congress but has become a backbencher in the BJP, news agency ANI reported quoting party sources.
Responding to Gandhi’s statement, Scindia on Tuesday, 9 March, said, “It would have been a different situation, had Rahul Gandhi been concerned the same way as he is now, when I was in Congress.”
The senior leader was addressing the Youth Wing of the party at the two-day national executive meeting of the Indian Youth Congress, IANS reported.
ANI quoted sources as saying that Gandhi talked about the important of organisation within the party, "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.”
In March 2020, Scindia had tendered his resignation to the Congress and joined the BJP.
"Write it down, he will never become chief minister there. He will have to come back here for that," Gandhi added, as per the party sources quoted by ANI.
According to the report by ANI, he also urged the Youth party workers to fight against the ideology of Rashtriya Swayamasevak Sangh (RSS), the right-wing organisation championing Hindutva, and not be scared of anyone.
(With inputs from IANS and ANI)
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