Jyotiraditya Scindias first visit to the capital of the poll-bound Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday,after being made the Congress campaign committee chief,was reminiscent of coronation.
Marked by the blowing of the conch,the ubiquitous posters calling him the Maharaja and Shrimant,the mat-ching slogans and the mad rush to shake hands with the scion of the erstwhile royal family must have come as a warning signal to the ruling BJP.
From the time he landed at the airport and till he reached the PCC headquarters in a large convoy,the union minister got a response that is usually on display when the Gandhis come calling.
Scindia had a tough time reaching his own press conference because the venue was brimming over with slogan-shouting activists and office-bearers. The PCC leaders,most of them with folded hands,had to use a mixture of cajoling and threats like you are lessening your own chances to clear the venue after 40 chaotic minutes.
The media,after threatening to boycott the conference over indiscipline,did exactly the same thing they accused the party workers of,falling over each other to get sound-bites.
Maharaj tab tak andar nahi ayenge jab tak aap log bahar nahi jayenge (the maharaj wont come inside until you leave), was a repeated announcement directed at workers who gave the impression that the party has already won the election and they were welcoming the future CM. It was only natural that Scindia was asked questions on being feudal,a charge the BJP has thrown at him since his elevation as the campaign chief. Did they not think of feudalism when my grandmother (Vijayaraje Scindia) or when my aunt (Vasundhara Raje) was made the CM of Rajasthan, he retorted.