New Delhi: Newly-inducted BJP leader Jyotiraditya Scindia on Thursday addressed workers of his new party for the first time, telling them that he was ‘handing myself over to you’ after leaving an organisation, and a family, where he spent nearly 20 years. Also Read - Fight Between Two Ideologies: Rahul Gandhi Says 'Jyotiraditya Scindia Won't Get Respect in BJP'
49-year-old Scindia, once a close aide of former Congress president Rahul Gandhi, resigned from the party on Tuesday over a host of issues, joining the BJP a day later. Also Read - Rahul And Scindia's St Stephen's Connection: Why This Twitter Handle Posted RaGa's Sports Quota Certificate
Today, speaking at the saffron party’s Bhopal office, where he arrived in the evening, Scindia remarked that it was an emotional day for him, adding that he considered himself fortunate at joining the BJP family and also for receiving blessings from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP national president JP Nadda. Also Read - Scindia Meets Amit Shah, A Day After Joining the BJP; To Hold Roadshow in Bhopal Today
Earlier in the day, Scindia had met Shah for the first time since joining the BJP. He, however, is yet to meet the Prime Minister. Nadda, meanwhile, had inducted him into the party.
He further said that there were only two leaders in Madhya Pradesh who did not use ACs in their cars-himself and former Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. “You (workers) are one side and I am on the other; I hope that when one meets one, it becomes 11 and not two,” he said.
Recalling his days in the Congress, he remarked that it was ’emotional’ day for him as he had left an organisation and a family, after being there for 18 years. “I left an organisation where I have put my hard work and efforts, I am leaving all that behind and handing myself over to you,” he added to massive applause.
Scindia, a four-term former Lok Sabha MP, was reported to be upset at being sidelined in the party’s Madhya Pradesh unit by Chief Minister Kamal Nath and former Chief Minister Digvijaya Singh. He also reportedly wanted to be appointed the state Congress chief, a post currently held by the CM himself; this too, however, was denied.
The most immediate trigger, however, proved to be the party’s refusal to give him a Rajya Sabha seat from Madhya Pradesh, something that he got moments after joining the BJP yesterday.