Jyotiraditya Scindia to file nomination for Rajya Sabha polls on March 13

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NEW DELHI: Jyotiraditya Scindia, who joined the BJP on Wednesday, will file his nomination for the Rajya Sabha elections on March 13.

 

As per the report, Scindia is slated to arrive in Bhopal on March 12.

"BJP leader and former Union Minister Jyotiradtya Scindia will arrive in Bhopal tomorrow afternoon. He will garland the statue of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay, Vijayaraje Scindia, Kushabhau Thakre, and the portrait of Madhavrao Scindia in the party office," a statement from party leader Lokendra Parashar said.

"On March 13, Scindia will arrive at the party office at 12 pm. He will then go to file nomination for Rajya Sabha elections," he added.

Scindia had joined BJP in New Delhi in the presence of party president JP Nadda. 

Scindia had ended his 18-year-old association with the Congress on Tuesday after meetings with Home Minister Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"Having been a primary member of the Congress party for last 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 path has been drawing out over the last year," Scindia had said in his resignation letter.

Jyotiraditya Scindia also launched a sharp attack on the Congress, stressing that he was hurt and distressed and not able to serve the people in his previous party, and added that his aim has always been to serve people.

The BJP chief J.P. Nadda said entry of Scindia in BJP is like a family member coming back to the party.

Scindia thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP chief  Nadda for inviting him into their family (BJP).

“Country's future totally secure in PM Narendra Modi's hands and I feel fortunate that PM Modi, BJP chief Nadda has gave me the platform through which I can serve the people”, he had said.

On Tuesday, Scindia had walked out of Congress along with 22 state legislators, pushing the Congress-led government in Madhya Pradesh on the brink of collapse.

The Madhya Pradesh government has a wafer-thin majority in 230-membered House. It has 114 Congress legislators and the support of four Independents, two BSP MLAs and one SP MLA. Meanwhile, the BJP has 107 members. 

However, the resignations Tuesday of 22 Congress MLAs have reduced the party’s strength to 92, and the government’s support to 99.

A four-time MP, Scindia first got elected from Guna in Madhya Pradesh in 2002 after winning a bye-election necessitated by his father's demise. 

He gradually made his way up the Congress ladder becoming Minister of State for Communications and IT in 2007 during the Congress-led UPA-1. In 2009, he became Minister of State for Commerce and Industry and in 2012 was appointed Minister of State for Power during UPA-2.

After the Congress lost the 2014 General Election, Sonia Gandhi named him the party's chief whip in the Lok Sabha.
 

With inputs from Agency

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