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Nath-Scindia rift widens in Madhya Pradesh Congress

A dismissive remark by Chief Minister Kamal Nath on Jyotiraditya Scindia's vow to hit the streets signals the fault line in Madhya Pradesh government

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Madhya Pradesh Congress factionalism turned a new leaf today when, following the statement of Jyotiraditya Scindia in Tikamgarh that he would hit the streets with his followers if the promises made to guest teachers are not fulfilled, Chief Minister Kamal Nath in effect said he didn’t care.

Scindia had advised the guest teachers to be patient, saying, “If promises made in every part of that manifesto is not fulfilled, don’t consider yourself alone. Jyotiraditya Scindia will hit the streets with you. The government has just formed; it has been a year. Our teachers have to be a little patient. I assure you that your turn will come, and if your turn does not come, do not worry, I will become your shield and your sword.”

A group of reporters asked the chief minister what he thought of Scindia’s remark where the latter had said he would hit the streets. “Let him,” Kamal Nath said, raised the car window and his driver drove him away.

After 15 years of exile, an INC government was formed in Madhya Pradesh with great difficulty. However, the party did not get an absolute majority in the elections. But with the support of SP, BSP and independent MLAs, it formed the government and senior leader Kamal Nath was made the chief minister. Since then, Scindia has been attacking the state government on different issues.

Kamal Nath had met INC interim president Sonia Gandhi on Friday. During this meeting, he expressed his displeasure over the recent attack on the state government by Scindia.

Scindia has shown his attitude many times before. Regardless of whether there is a complete debt waiver for farmers or the delay in getting the flood relief survey and the amount of compensation, Scindia publicly pointed fingers at the functioning of the government.

It is believed after Scindia campaigned furiously in the assembly elections, the INC would make him the chief minister when the government was formed, but that did not happen. Scindia has apparently not taken the snub in his stride.

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