New Delhi: BJP leader and former Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Wednesday welcomed nephew and former Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia to the saffron party, admiring his ‘strength of character and courage’ and remarking that ‘it’s good to be on the same team.’ Also Read - 'Our Mistake Was...' Digvijaya Singh Dismisses Rajya Sabha Seat Issue as Reason Why Scindia Quit
49-year-old Jyotiraditya was formally inducted into the BJP today after leaving the Congress, where he spent 18 years, on Tuesday. Also Read - Madhya Pradesh Turmoil: Who is the Person Behind Jyotiradtiya Scindia's Cross-over to BJP?
In a tweet today, the former Rajasthan CM said, “If Rajmata Sahab was here today, she would be elated to see you put the nation first.” Also Read - When Jyotiraditya Prompted Rahul Gandhi What to Say: Video And Memes Go Viral After Scindia's Exit
Vijaya Raje Scindia, commonly referred to as Rajmata, was the grandmother of Jyotiraditya Scindia and the mother of Vasundhara Raje. She was an active member of the Jana Sangh and a co-founder of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
“I admire your strength of character and courage. It’s good to be on the same team. Welcome to the BJP, Jyotiradiyta Scindia,” Vasundhara Raje stated further in her tweet.
Notably, Vasundhara Raje is the sister of the late Congress leader and Jyotiraditya’s father, Madhavrao Scindia, who died in a plane crash in September 2001. Yashodhara Raje Scindia, a BJP MLA from Madhya Pradesh, too, is an aunt of Jyotiraditya Scindia and the youngest sibling of Madhav Rao Scindia and Vasundhara Raje.
Jyotiraditya Scindia, a former four-time Lok Sabha MP and an-ex confidante of former Congress president Rahul Gandhi, had in recent days spoken out against the state’s Kamal Nath government over its alleged failure to fulfil promises made to people since it came to power in the state in December 2018.
He was also reportedly upset at being denied a ticket for the upcoming Rajya Sabha polls, as well as the post of state Congress chief, currently held by Kamal Nath, who was preferred over him for the post of Chief Minister.