AGENCIES, New Delhi: Jyotiraditya Scindia on Wednesday joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) amid the Madhya Pradesh political crisis. He joined BJP at an event in Delhi in the presence of party chief JP Nadda.
“I was hurt and distressed as I was not able to serve the people in my previous organization,” Scindia said addressing his first press conference as a BJP leader.
“My aim has always been to serve people and politics is only a means to fulfil that. It is no longer possible to achieve that goal with the Congress,” he added.
He then went onto praise Prime Minister Narendra Modi and thanked him. “I consider myself lucky that I have got a platform to serve the nation. I thank the Prime Minister. No other government has ever won a mandate like PM Modi did, not once but twice, in this country’s history,” said the 49-year-old former Congress leader.
Scindia had ended his 18-year-old association with the Congress on Tuesday after he submitted his resignation to Sonia Gandhi and met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Delhi. His surprise exit from Congress has put the Kamal Nath government in jeopardy.
मैं सर्वप्रथम आदरणीय नड्डा जी, प्रधानमंत्री नरेन्द्र मोदी जी और गृह मंत्री श्री अमित शाह जी को धन्यवाद देना चाहूंगा कि आपने मुझे अपने परिवार में आमंत्रित किया और एक स्थान दिया: श्री @JM_Scindiahttps://t.co/eAbq3XxdWv pic.twitter.com/Xku93LRMn2
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Meanwhile, Scindia’s sudden exit from the Congress was followed by the resignation of around 22 MLAs. The resignation letters were, however, sent to the Governor and not the assembly speaker, and thus threatens to end Kamal Nath government, which has thin majority. If the BJP is trying to form its government in Madhya Pradesh, the Congress is also trying its best to retain its lost ground. Therefore, Congress has flown 94 MLAs to Jaipur this afternoon. The BJP has already moved 102 of its MLAs to a five-star hotel in Gurgaon.
Scindia also said that Congress had come to power in Madhya Pradesh with great hope. However, the dream that he saw for his state has been shattered in the last 18 months.