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Minister’s view on Scindia’s new post causes flutter

THE ASIAN AGE.
Published : Aug 25, 2019, 7:05 am IST
Updated : Aug 25, 2019, 7:05 am IST

State women and child welfare minister Imarti Devi, considered a Scindia loyalist, said she was unhappy over the new assignment given to Scindia.

Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia
 Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia

Bhopal: A senior minister in the Kamal Nath government has caused a flutter in the ruling Congress when she openly voiced her concern over party’s “move” to push veteran leader Jyotiraditya Scindia to Maharashtra by appointing him screening committee chairman for the ensuing Assembly elections.

State women and child welfare minister Imarti Devi, considered a Scindia loyalist, said she was unhappy over the new assignment given to Scindia.

“Mr Scindia should be given a role in the party in MP. His new assignment is meaningless (for the party) since no one knows him in Maharashtra”, she was heard saying in a video which went viral in social media on Saturday.

The minister’s rema-rks, however, caused a flutter in Congress wi-th a section of party viewing it as growing restlessness in the camp of Mr Scindia ov-er his ‘gradual marginalisation’ in the party.

Congress spokesman here Pankaj Chaturvedy, known to be close aide of Mr Scindia, also batted for appointment of Mr Scindia as new president of MP Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC).

“Chief minister Kamal Nath and Mr Scindia together had steered Congress to power in Madhya Pradesh in the 2018 assembly elections after a gap of 15 years. Mr Scindia as PCC president and Mr Nath as chief minister could further cement party’s base in MP”, he said.

The minister’s remarks however caused a flutter in Congress with a section of party here viewing it as growing restlessness in the camp of Mr Scindia over his ‘gradual marginalisation’ in the party in the state ever since Mr Nath assumed office of chief minister.

Mr Nath also held the post of PCC president. Mr Nath a couple of days ago visited New Delhi to hold discussions with the Central party leadership on appointment of new PCC chief.

Sources said there was a possibility of Mr Nath favouring his nominee to head the party in the state to ensure coordination between the party and the state government.

Tags: jyotiraditya scindia, kamal nath government
Location: India, Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal