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Kamal Nath makes light of Scindia’s ‘rebellion’

'I don't think that Jyotiraditya Scindia is unhappy,' Kamal Nath told reporters when asked whether the scion of the Gwalior royal family was miffed with the Congress leadership in Madhya Pradesh

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New Delhi: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath on Friday met Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, amid reports of infighting in the state unit over the appointment of a new president. The talks over appointing a new party chief for Madhya Pradesh came up because Kamal Nath had expressed his desire to quit the post after becoming the chief minister.

Kamal Nath brushed aside the speculation that senior Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia‘s supporters were vying for him to be appointed to the post and that the former Guna MP was reportedly unhappy with the developments in the state. “I don’t think that he (Scindia) is unhappy,” Nath told reporters when asked whether the scion of the Gwalior royal family was miffed with the Congress leadership in the state.

Scindia was not available for comments. Names of those doing the round for the post of state president include state minister Bala Bachchan, Shobha Ozha and Ajay Singh.

Earlier, Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee was marred with dissent following the resignation of Chief Minister Kamal Nath from the post of the state party president. Scindia, despite his loss in the Lok Sabha election from Guna this year, commands a good following even today. This emboldens his supporters to threaten the party of mass resignations if he is not made the state Congress chief. This is what they said in a written statement.

“The party workers who have threatened to resign they have the right to put forward their thoughts within the party. Under the same rights, I would also like to say that Scindia ji should be made the Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee chief by the high command. We request Sonia ji and Rahul ji to do the same. If this is not done, then I, along with other senior office bearers in the state, will tender our resignations,” a Congress leader from the state told a television channel.

“If Jyotiraditya Scindia is kept away from state politics then I, along with 500 others, will resign from the party,” Congress leader Ashok Dangi from Datia said in a press note.

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