Jyotiraditya Scindia resigns from Congress, putting Kamal Nath’s Govt in jeopardy

Former Guna MP Jyotiraditya Scindia has resigned from the Congress.

In a message dated March 9 and addressed to Congress interim chief Sonia Gandhi, Jyotiraditya Scindia wrote, “…as you well know, this is a path that has been drawing itself out over the last year.”

“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 within this party.”

Jyotiraditya Scindia posted his letter without additional comment on his Twitter page today shortly after meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi, intensifying speculation that he would join the BJP ahead of Rajya Sabha elections in Madhya Pradesh, and help the saffron party topple the state government.

Jyotiraditya’s aunt Yashodara Raje, a BJP leader said that his grandmother, Vijaya Raje Scindia, had wanted to see the entire family together. It had been her last wish, she said.

She said Jyotiraditya was a dedicated Congressman and something must have hurt his pride and totally humiliated him.

After Jyotiraditya Scindia announced his resignation, the Congress appeared to scramble to control the narrative. Within minutes, KC Venugopal said Sonia Gandhi has expelled him “with immediate effect for anti-party activities”.

Along with Scindia 21 Congress MLAs soon sent their resignations from the assembly to the Speaker, a day after Scindia and many lawmakers went incommunicado.