New Delhi: Rajasthan deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot on Wednesday called Jyotiraditya Scindia’s exit from the Congress ‘unfortunate,’ adding that things could have been resolved ‘collaboratively’ within the party. Also Read - 'Only Person in Congress Who Could Walk Into my House Anytime,' Says Rahul Gandhi on Jyotiraditya Scindia
49-year-old Scindia, a former four-term Lok Sabha MP, today joined the BJP after resigning from the Congress on Tuesday. His exit from the Congress and joining the BJP reportedly came as a result of multiple issues, primarily over being ‘sidelined’ by Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath and senior leader Digvijaya Singh, as well as being denied a Rajya Sabha ticket by the party from the state. Also Read - Good to be on The Same Team: Aunt Vasundhara Raje Welcomes Nephew Jyotiraditya Scindia to BJP
On Wednesday, Pilot tweeted, “Unfortunate to see Jyotiraditya Scindia parting ways with Congress. I wish things could have been resolved collaboratively within the party.” Also Read - ‘Country's Future Absolutely Secure in PM Modi’s Hands,’ Says Jyotiraditya Scindia Soon After Joining BJP
Even as the political crisis continues in Madhya Pradesh, there have been reports of ‘discontent’ within the Congress’ Rajasthan unit as well. Pilot himself is seen to be at odds with Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and has criticised him publicly over several issues in the past.
Incidentally, Pilot and Scindia, both members of the Congress’ ‘young brigade,’ were overlooked in favour of Gehlot and Kamal Nath respectively for the post of Chief Minister after Congress won Assembly polls in both Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, along with Chhattisgarh, in December 2018, with the BJP being voted out of power from all three states.
Earlier today, Rahul Gandhi, who was the Congress president at the time of the said Assembly polls, too, broke his silence on the exit of his one-time ‘close aide,’ saying that Scindia was the only person in the party who could ‘walk into my house anytime.‘ This was in response to reports that both he and his mother, party interim chief Sonia Gandhi, refused to gove audience to Scindia before he finally decided to move to the BJP.