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‘24-carat traitor’ Vs ‘24-carat patriot’: Congress, BJP loggerheads over Jyotiraditya Scindia

Jyotiraditya Scindia surprisingly made a ‘welcome remark’ for Rahul Gandhi's Bharat Jodo Yatra when it entered Madhya Pradesh triggering speculations over his 'gharwapasi'

Raju Kumar Edited By: Raju Kumar @rajudelhi123 New Delhi Published on: December 02, 2022 21:41 IST
Scindia deserted Congress and joined BJP
Image Source : PTI/FILE Scindia deserted Congress and joined BJP

Ruling out any possibility of Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia’s homecoming, senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh on Friday termed him as a “24-carat traitor”, and rejected speculations of taking him back into the party fold. Scindia quit the grand old party to join the BJP and he was instrumental in collapse of Congress government in Madhya Pradesh.

"Scindia is a `gaddar' (traitor), true gaddar, real gaddar and 24 carat gaddar,” Ramesh asserted.

Congress soft on Kapil Sibal

People like Kapil Sibal who maintained a "dignified silence" after leaving the party could be allowed to return, but not the ones like Scindia or Himanta Biswa Sarma, Ramesh told PTI.

Asked what would be the party's stand if any of the renegade leaders wished to return, Ramesh, who is the Congress' media head, said, “I think the people who have left the Congress should not be welcome back.

"There are people who left and abused the party, so they should not be taken back.

But there are people who left the party with dignity and have been maintaining a dignified silence on the Congress party and its leadership," he said.

Ramesh was speaking on the sidelines of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's Bharat Jodo Yatra which reached Agar Malwa in MP on Friday.

"I can think of my former colleague and a very good friend Kapil Sibal who left the party for some reason, but he has maintained a very dignified silence on the Congress party, unlike Mr Scindia and Mr Himanta Biswa Sarma," Ramesh said.

"So I think such leaders who have maintained a dignity could be welcome back, but those people who have left the party and kicked the party and its leadership should not be welcome back," he added.

When asked would Scindia have left the Congress if he had been offered the post of party president, Madhya Pradesh chief minister or a Rajya Sabha berth, Ramesh said, "Scindia is a `gaddar' (traitor), true gaddar, real gaddar and 24 carat gaddar."

BJP responds- "24 carat patriot with strong cultural roots."

Reacting to Ramesh's comments, Madhya Pradesh BJP secretary Rajneesh Agrawal said Scindia was a "24 carat patriot with strong cultural roots."

Both Scindia and Sarma have "24 carat" commitment to their work and Ramesh's remarks were "uncultured" and "totally undemocratic," Agrawal added.

Sarma left the Congress in 2015 blaming Rahul Gandhi's `mismanagement' for the party's electoral debacle and joined the BJP.

He went on to become a Union minister and later chief minister of Assam.

Scindia quit the Grand Old Party in 2020 which resulted in the fall of the Congress government in Madhya Pradesh. He was later inducted in the Union cabinet and made civil aviation minister.

(With PTI input)

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