New Delhi: Royal scion Jyotiraditya Scindia quit Congress on Tuesday amid a flurry of MLA resignations and ended his 18-year-old association with the grand old party in Madhya Pradesh, switching boats to the BJP in a deal that is likely to take place on Wednesday noon. However, amid all the drama surrounding Kamal Nath government’s next move, one question that remains is who was behind this smooth transition for Scindia? Was it someone in the BJP who tasked it or was it his royal in-laws? Also Read - After Sealing Indore, Bhopal And Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh to Seal More Hotpots in 15 Districts
Two names have come up in tea-time conversations surrounding the Congress leader’s jump to the saffron camp – Zafar Islam, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson, and Shubhangini Raje Gaekwad, Scindia’s mother-in-law and member of the royal family of Baroda. Also Read - First Frontline Casualty: Indore Doctor Passes Away After Battling With Coronavirus
Some say that Zafar Islam, a soft-spoken person and well-known face in the media, was the man who played the driving force in bringing Scindia into the BJP fold. A former foreign bank worker, Islam joined the BJP under the influence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s brand of politics. He is said to enjoy a “good relation” with PM Modi. Also Read - COVID-19: Madhya Pradesh to Seal 3 Cities, Essential Commodities Will be Supplied, Says CM Chouhan
Incidentally, Islam knows Scindia for a long time as they used to meet often during the former union minister’s stay in Delhi. However, reports were that in the last five months Zafar was meeting Scindia “too often”, possibly to discuss bringing the latter to BJP camp.
On the other hand, some reports say that the royals of Baroda were the actual influencers behind Scindia’s renege from Congress. Scindia’s wife Priyadarshini belongs to the royal Gaekwads of Baroda and her mother, Shubhangini Raje Gaekwad, had acted as the Prime Minister’s proposer in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
Speculations are that Shubhangini had initiated the communication between Scindia and PM Modi which led to further discussions.
A section supporting Scindia’s exit claimed that he had tried to approach Rahul Gandhi several times but was constantly sidelined. However, Congress leader Digvijay Singh came to the party’s defence denying the claims. Jyotiraditya Scindia is likely to join the BJP at 12.30 PM today. If all goes well, Jyotiraditya Scindia may even get a position in the central cabinet.