New Delhi: ‘Had Jyotiraditya Scindia remained in the Congress party he would have become a chief minister but now the former has become a ‘backbencher’ in the BJP’, Rahul Gandhi reportedly said yesterday. He made the remarks while addressing the executive committee meeting of the Indian Youth Congress. The former party president reportedly claimed that Scindia had the option to strengthen the organisation by working with grand old party workers but he chose a different path by joining the BJP, ‘where he can never be the chief minister’. Also Read - Centre Targeting Those Supporting Farmers: Rahul Gandhi on I-T Raids on Taapsee Pannu & Anurag Kashyap
Notably, Scindia, once a close aide of Gandhi, had left the party along with some legislators loyal to him to join the BJP. This led to the fall of the Kamal Nath-led Congress government in Madhya Pradesh early last year.
His remarks triggered a meme fest on social media. Taking a dig at Gandhi, netizens reminded him of Sachin Pilot. “Dear Rahul Gandhi, please let us know as to when “Sachin Pilot” will become CM of Rajasthan. Or is he going to be a backbencher just the way you believe “Scindia” is in BJP? asked one of the Twitter users.
Take a look at some of the memes here:
However, IYC president B V Srinivas denied that Gandhi made any reference to Scindia and claimed it was not correct’. He said Gandhi told the youth that ‘anyone who wanted to join or quit the party was free to do so’, as he urged them to continue their fight against the RSS-BJP ideology and not fear anyone.
Sources, on the other hand, said he told the youth leaders that the coming days belonged to them and they should remain lo yal to the party and continue their fight against the BJP/RSS and work hard for the party which was “observing” them and their contribution. He said politics was a long process and one who worked sincerely for the party and remained loyal would get rewarded. “I will continue to fight these forces. I do not fear from anyone, Gandhi said at the closed-door gathering,” the source said.