New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday lashed out at former party colleague Jyotiraditya Scindia, who joined the BJP on Wednesday, saying that he got worried about his political future and ‘abandoned’ his ideology. Also Read - 'Only Person in Congress Who Could Walk Into my House Anytime,' Says Rahul Gandhi on Jyotiraditya Scindia
Notably, Jyotiraditya Scindia, a former four-term Lok Sabha MP as well as a former Union Minister, on Tuesday brought to an end his 18-year-long association with the Congress. Also Read - 'While You Were Busy Destabilising Govt': Rahul Gandhi Breaks Silence, Attacks PM Modi For Madhya Pradesh Muddle
Speaking on the issue, Rahul said that Scindia joining the BJP was a ‘fight’ between two ideologies, with Congress being on one side and the Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh (RSS)-the BJP’s ideological mentor-on the other. “I know Jyotiraditya’s ideology as he was with me in college. He got worried about his political future, abandoned his ideology and went with the RSS,” said Rahul Gandhi. Also Read - When Jyotiraditya Prompted Rahul Gandhi What to Say: Video And Memes Go Viral After Scindia's Exit
He further said that having been Scindia’s friend for a long time, he knew that Scindia won’t get respect in the BJP and will realise this later. “What is in his heart and what is coming out of his mouth is different,” said the Congress Lok Sabha MP from Wayanad.
On being questioned why he is not sending his ‘core team members’ to the Rajya Sabha, he said that since he is not the Congress president anymore, he was not deciding on the party’s Rajya Sabha nominees.
Not being given a ticket to the Rajya Sabha is reported to be one of the reasons that led to Jyotiraditya Scindia jumping ship to the BJP.