Kamal Nath’s comment to “hit the street then” in Scindia led to our departure: Ex-MLA Congress | India News
Scindia, a former Union minister, and 22 supporting MLAs left the party earlier this month and joined the BJP, leading to the collapse of the Nath-led government in Madhya Pradesh.
“The marginalization of our leader for the past 15 months and the (then) statement of the chief ministers” then allowed him to take to the streets “was the trigger that resulted in an exodus never before carried out by lawmakers, including six cabinet ministers” said Tulsiram Silawat, one of the ministers who resigned.
One of Scindia’s disgruntled demands was believed to be that his loyalist Silawat be appointed deputy chief minister.
Referring to that, Silawat said that “no one in the history of the Congress party had put all their strength into play to make a Dalit leader a CM deputy, as Scindia did.”
“What was wrong?” I ask.
“Congress came back to power in Madhya Pradesh because Scindia was the face of the party. We had made many promises to the people before the 2018 assembly elections and when our leader said that if the promises were not kept, he would hit the road which was wrong, “asked Dr. Prabhram Chouhdary, another former minister.
“Rather than addressing our leader’s concerns, the then Prime Minister and other ministers humiliated him by telling the media that he should hit the road, if he wanted to,” said another former minister, Mahendra Singh Sisodia.
For congress leader Digvijaya Singh calling Scindia and his supporters “traitors,” Sisodia said that even Laxman Singh, Digivijay’s brother, had once joined the BJP, but his older brother did not call him a traitor.
Former Scindian minister and supporter Govind Singh Rajput refuted allegations that the BJP paid them huge sums of money for changing allegiance.
“It is a totally unfounded accusation and an attempt to smear the image of our leader,” he said.
When asked at what point they decided to separate from Congress, they all said that Nath’s derogatory comment on Scindia was the turning point. “Now everyone can see who is on the street,” they added.
“They label us as traitors, but in reality it was they who remained silent and did not oppose the anti-popular decisions (of the Nath government),” said another former minister, Pradyumna Singh Tomar.
“Not only the prime minister, but even officials did not listen to our problems … in this country people cannot even think of resigning from the sarpanch position, but we resign as cabinet ministers out of pride for our Maharaj (as Scindia is often referred to), “Rajput said.