Jyotiraditya Scindia, once considered as Congress Party's future president, has left the party. Scindia on Tuesday tendered his resignation to Congress Party's working president Sonia Gandhi. India TV on Monday reported that he is likely to join the Modi cabinet. Meanwhile, in Bhopal, the Kamal Nath government is facing a survival battle after more than a dozen Scindia-backed MLAs went unreachable in a clear message that all was not well in Madhya Pradesh Congress.
Jyotiraditya Scindia tendered his resignation after meeting Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "Having been a primary member of the Congress Party for 18 years, it is now time for me to move on. I am tendering my resignation from the primary membership of the Indian National Congress and as you well know, this is a path that has been drawing itself out over the last year," Scindia wrote in his resignation letter dated March 9.
Congress Party, however, has said that the former Guna MP and Gwalior royalty has been expelled from the party.
"While my aim and purpose remain the same as it has always been from the very beginning, to serve the people of my state and country, I believe I am unable to do this anymore within this party. To reflect and realise the aspiration of my people and my workers I believe it is best that I now look ahead at a fresh start.
"I would like to thank you and through you all my party colleague for providing me with a platform to have served the nation," Jyoriraditya Scindia wrote in his resignation letter.
Scindia also shared his resignation letter on twitter.
News agency ANI released a photo showing a person from Scindia office going to Sonia Gandhi's house to submit Scindia's resignation letter.
After it was clear that Scindia had tendered resignation the Grand Old Party released a statement: "The Congress President has approved the expulsion of Jyotiraditya Scindia from the Indian National Congress with immediate effect for anti-party activities."
The news development comes as a massive jolt to Kamal Nath-led government in Madhya Pradesh that is likely to lose the floor test.
"Scindia ji held many senior posts in Congress party and was well respected, maybe he got lured by the offer of ministership given by Modi ji. We know his family has been associated with BJP for decades, but yet it is a big loss," Adhir Ranjan Choudhary, Congress leader in Lok Sabha said.