Agencies, New Delhi: The political capital has been a beehive of activity after disgruntled Congressman Jyotiraditya Scindia resigned from the party and headed for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was quick to react on Scindia’s defection and immediately trained his guns on the BJP. Gandhi used social media, more specifically Twitter to launch a scathing attack. In the tweet, Gandhi alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is busy “destabilising elected Congress government”.
Gandhi’s tweet did not pay much attention to Scindia’s leaving the Congress, party but referred to the recent oil price crash. Gandhi reminded the Prime Minister’s Office to pass on the benefits of the crash in the global oil prices to the consumer. On Monday, US crude plummeted 26%, its worst day since 1991, to a four-year low of $31.13 a barrel.
“Hey @PMOIndia, while you were busy destabilising an elected Congress Govt, you may have missed noticing the 35% crash in global oil prices. Could you please pass on the benefit to Indians by slashing #petrol prices to under ₹60 per litre? Will help boost the stalled economy,” tweeted the Congress leader.
Hey @PMOIndia , while you were busy destabilising an elected Congress Govt, you may have missed noticing the 35% crash in global oil prices. Could you please pass on the benefit to Indians by slashing #petrol prices to under 60₹ per litre? Will help boost the stalled economy.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) March 11, 2020
Scindia officially joined the today afternoon and ever since the Congress has been relentlessly targeting the BJP over Scindia’s move.
In his resignation letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Scindia wrote, “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.”
It was Union Home Minister Amit Shah who first met Scindia on Tuesday and later accompanied him to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s residence at 7, Lok Kalyan Marg.
With Scindia officially a BJP member now, it is expected that his presence in the saffron party would help them reclaim Madhya Pradesh – a bastion that it had lost in the 2018 state Assembly poll after being in power for three consecutive terms.