Jyotiraditya Scindia, sworn in as we speak as a Rajya Sabha member of the BJP, got here face-to-face in parliament with former Congress colleague Digvijaya Singh. The 2 leaders greeted one another with folded arms, betraying not one of the animus that marked their ties in latest months.
Jyotiraditya Scindia was amongst 61 newly-elected Rajya Sabha members who took oath whereas the home is just not in session. Earlier than being sworn in, he greeted not simply Digvijaya Singh but in addition Ghulam Nabi Azad and Mallikarjun Kharge, whom he’ll face throughout the home for the primary time.
On social media, the picture drew a deluge of feedback, with some customers commenting that masks worn for coronavirus had turn out to be useful to cover what the leaders actually felt about one another. One remark in a “caption this” problem famous that each had made it to the Rajya Sabha; the race for the higher home was stated to be among the many causes Mr Scindia had been upset with the Congress.
Mr Scindia joined the BJP in March after an acrimonious exit from the Congress, his get together of 19 years. In doing so, he took alongside 22 MLAs in Madhya Pradesh, whose departure left the Congress authorities in a minority and enabled the BJP’s takeover.
Within the weeks earlier than he made his determination to modify over to the BJP public, Mr Scindia, 49, went silent and nearly ghosted senior Congress leaders together with Digvijaya Singh after which Chief Minister Kamal Nath, his bitter in-house rivals in Madhya Pradesh.
As we speak’s assembly was maybe his first interplay with any Congress chief after almost 4 months, that too in the course of an nearly equivalent disaster for the Congress within the type of Sachin Pilot in Rajasthan.
Sachin Pilot, additionally as soon as a Rahul Gandhi acolyte like Mr Scindia, launched a revolt earlier this month towards Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, who has accused him of making an attempt to tug down his authorities by bribing MLAs to defect to the BJP.
Digvijaya Singh stated on Sunday that Sachin Pilot “shouldn’t comply with Jyotiraditya Scindia into the BJP”, saying he had “vibrant future” in Congress.
The Congress veteran stated he tried to name Mr Pilot however his calls and textual content messages went unanswered.
“Age is in your aspect. Ashok (Gehlot) could have offended you, however all such points are finest resolved amicably. Do not make the error that Scindia made. BJP is unreliable. No person who joined it from some other get together has succeeded there,” Mr Singh stated in an interview to PTI.