Kamal Nath endorses Jyotiraditya Scindia as CM face in Madhya Pradesh

Senior Congress leader Kamal Nath said he had no problems if the party projected MP Jyotiraditya Scindia as the chief ministerial face of Madhya Pradesh. The Congress party vice-president Rahul Gandhi will take the final call.

Written by Manoj C G , Milind Ghatwai | Bhopal | Updated: September 28, 2017 5:53 am
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Senior Congress leader Kamal Nath on Wednesday said he had no problems if the party projected MP Jyotiraditya Scindia as the chief ministerial face of Madhya Pradesh, which is scheduled to vote in 2018.  This is so far the clearest indication in Scindia’s favour. Nath said party vice-president Rahul Gandhi will take the final call.

“I have no problems with Jyotiraditya Scindia. In fact, I have recently said that he should be made the chief ministerial candidate,’’ the Chhindwara Lok Sabha member told reporters in Guna. He repeated his views in Mungaoli. Elections are due in the state in 2018-end.

In Madhya Pradesh, the Congress had been out of power for 14 years. The state Congress had been a divided house with senior leaders Digvijaya Singh, Kamal Nath, Ajay Singh and Suresh Pachauri pulling in  different directions and at times joining hands to squeeze out a faction or a leader.

Talking to reporters in Guna, Nath said the party has no difficulty in announcing a chief ministerial candidate. “It would happen at an appropriate time… there is no difficulty. Scindia and I have political as well as family relations and I have no problem…. As soon as Rahul (Gandhi) takes a decision…. Anyway, we are all working on the ground. There will be not much difference with the announcement of a post,” he said.

The popular perception is that state Congress chief Arun Yadav has been ineffective. With Digvijaya taking a political break, opting to go on a Narmada parikrama for six months, and Kamal Nath throwing his weight behind Scindia and Satyavrat Chaturvedi virtually sidelined, things appear to have brightened for the Guna MP. Sources said he could be appointed as the state Congress president.

Scindia was the head of the Congress election campaign committee in 2013 as well, but the party had come a cropper. This time, many in the the party believe he should be projected as the chief ministerial face against Shivraj Singh Chouhan in advance and not nearer to the elections.

Kamal Nath and Scindia had flown to Guna together from Delhi and gone to Mungaoli to attend a condolence meeting of former minister Mahendra Singh Kalukheda, who passed away recently.

Irrespective of the Congress high command’s decision, the ruling BJP has already started targeting Scindia by accusing him of land grab and insisting that the maharaja is no match to the kisan putra image of Chief Minister Chouhan.

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  1. V
    Sep 28, 2017 at 12:56 pm
    This is good idea of senior most congress leader this time congress must win by hook or crook method as done by BJP due to ill leader Dig Vijay singh congress has to suffer for all these years. Not only MP also Where ever he made head. He made Congress to suffer due to his old fox games. ..Good team work still needed in all non Congress rule states.... Jai Hind
    1. E
      Sep 28, 2017 at 11:28 am
      Scindia is Shinde in Maharashtra. No shinde is Maharaj in Maharashtra.
      1. D
        Sep 28, 2017 at 10:23 am
        He is the best bet for MP,he has the Blood line
        1. S
          Sep 28, 2017 at 10:23 am
          If they have to do it, do it now. But congress track record is very bad in recent times. If Congress focuses now, they can comfortably win MP, Gujarat, Chattisgarh elections. But will Rahul Baba and his Maa wake up? Actually first of all they need to relinquish their own post and change the organisation from top.
          1. V
            Sep 28, 2017 at 12:58 pm
            We all agree with you like old fox and old ages must take retriement from active politics thill they are in active filed Rahul jee has to suffer... Jai Hind
          2. M
            Sep 28, 2017 at 10:19 am
            Jyotiraditya Scindia is a very good young, dynamic and educated leader, must be given opportunity and same time keep away leaders like digvijay. Like shankar s vagela, many leaders within congress making in own vessel. Mostly they are BJP's agent and per time party leader. digvijay given goa as a gift to BJP. Congress must take advise from TMC-Mamata didi, how to detect inside enemies and throw them. 15 yrs gone still congress could not throw MP's corrupt govt, because of their internal conflict. I do agree with Kamal Nath. More over Sonia Gandhi must change her old advisery bodies. ask them go to fields and win the election and then join.
            1. V
              Sep 28, 2017 at 12:59 pm
              Very true excellent views
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