New Delhi: The reported feud within the Madhya Pradesh Congress became evident on Wednesday when the two veteran leaders – Digvijaya Singh and Jyotiraditya Scindia – who may also be the opposition’s choice for the CM face, engaged in a verbal spat in front of Congress president Rahul Gandhi. Also Read - Congress Decides to Postpone Party President Election Due to Pandemic
According to reports, Singh and Scindia had a full-blown argument over distribution of tickets to their candidates during the central election committee meeting of the grand old party. Also Read - Would Not Have Come to This Had Govt Done Its Job: Rahul Gandhi on Foreign Aid For India
Scindia and Ashok Gehlot have been entrusted the responsibility of picking winnable candidates for the upcoming Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh. Also Read - Centre Faces Tough Question as Pressure Mounts to Impose Full Lockdown in India to Beat COVID Surge
It has also been reported that Gandhi has set up a three-member committee comprising senior leaders Ashok Gehlot, Veerappa Moily and Ahmed Patel to resolve the issue.
Scindia is the chief of the campaign committee of the Madhya Pradesh Congress while Digvijaya Singh is the coordination committee chief for the Madhya Pradesh assembly election.
The internal feud may hurt Rahul Gandhi’s ambitions of dethroning the Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led BJP government in Madhya Pradesh.
Recently, there have been reports voices of dissent echoing from within the party. Last month, Digvijaya Singh said he refrains from campaigning and addressing rallies as doing so reduces his party’s votes. “I have a single task. No campaigning, no speeches. My speeches dent Congress votes, so I don’t go,” he said.
Significantly, Singh, the two-time chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, has been conspicuous with his absence in the programmes and rallies which party president Rahul Gandhi has been addressing in the poll-bound states over the last few weeks.
Ghulam Nabi Azad, who is considered one of the pillars of the current party leadership, left the Congress red-faced by saying that the number of Hindu candidates inviting him to campaign for them has reduced drastically in the last four years as they are “afraid” that it may adversely impact Hindu votes.