Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Tuesday hit out at Jyotiraditya Scindia, saying he 'auctioned' Madhya Pradesh's mandate, and also refuted claims that Scindia was denied ticket for the Rajya Sabha by the party leadership.
The reason Scindia left the Congress was he wanted to become a Union minister once again, Singh alleged.
Scindia quit the party to join the BJP earlier this month, triggering the fall of the Kamal Nath-led Congress government and paving the way for the saffron party's Shivraj Singh Chouhan to take oath as MP chief minister on
In an open letter, Singh said, "When Scindia himself went out to auction Madhya Pradesh's mandate, (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi, (Union Home Minister Amit) Shah were obviously present there to grab it. But auctioning one's own house cannot be termed an honourable deal. It is a very painful development. It has decimated the hopes and struggles of not just the Congressmen but all those who believed in the Congress ideology."
In the 2,000-word letter, which he also shared on Twitter, Singh said, "Scindia joined the BJP at a time when the saffron government (at the Centre) is trying to divide the country as per the RSS's agenda. Some people are saying as there was no possibility for Scindia to get proper post and honour in the Congress, he joined the BJP, but this is wrong. If he wanted to become Madhya Pradesh Congress president, then it had been offered to him in 2013 but then he preferred to remain a Union minister."
"In 2018 too, after the Congress won the state polls, it had offered him the deputy chief minister's post, but Scindia refused it and insisted on making his supporter Tulsiram Silawat deputy CM. But Kamal Nath did not agree, and the recent development has proved he (Nath) was right as Silawat joined the BJP at a time when the dreaded coronavirus has turned into a pandemic and as the state's health minister, it was his primary responsibility (to tackle it)," the former chief minister said.
"Scindia wanted to make this person deputy chief minister but he was not only found to be against the Congress's ideology but also highly irresponsible," Singh alleged.
The Congress leader refuted the allegations that the party did not want to offer Scindia a Rajya Sabha seat.
"As per my information, nobody opposed it as the Congress had the requisite number of MLAs to win two seats of the upper house from Madhya Pradesh. So it was not an issue. The issue was (he wanted to become) a minister in the central government, and at present it is only possible for Modi and Shah to offer that," Singh alleged.
"...all those people in the country who are fighting against the RSS's ideology without any greed, they are all with Congress because the country is standing at ideological crossroads. At this juncture, Scindia's joining the BJP only proves that he wanted to use Congress workers' and supporters' struggle and ideological commitment only for his own personal power. As long as there was guarantee of power in the Congress, he remained with it, when it is weakened, he went to the BJP," Singh said.