In another potshot at Jyotiraditya Scindia, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said the latter had “joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)” because he “got scared of losing money and palace.”
Who is against the RSS’ ideology is a Congressman
Rahul’s remark came on Friday during an interaction with the Congress’ social media department. “He was talking about how anyone who is against the RSS’ ideology is a Congressman. And how as a Congressman, you do not have to fear anything. If you fear something, then you do not belong to the Congress,” a senior member of the Congress party social media department present in the meeting told ThePrint. This is when Rahul Gandhi took as India’s name and talked about how “he got scared.”
The source quoted Gandhi as saying, “Scindia ji must have got scared of losing his palace and money. He felt threatened…so he joined the RSS. Congress does not need people who are scared.” Over 300 members and volunteers of the party’s social media department were present in the meeting.
Don’t be scared, says Rahul G
At the meeting, Rahul also tried to lead by example by putting up his hand to show the Congress’ symbol, and reminding party workers that it means “daro mat” (Don’t be scared). “There will be a lot of attempts to scare you and intimidate you, but remember this symbol, and remember you cannot be scared,” he said.
This is not the first time Rahul G has taken a potshot at Scindia since he quit Congress to join the BJP. In a meeting with the Congress’ youth wing, Rahul had reportedly said that Scindia “would have become the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh had he stayed with Congress but has become a back bencher in the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP).” To this, Scindia had reacted publicly saying that things “would have been different had Rahul Gandhi been concerned the same way as he is now, when I was in Congress.”
Scindia, a Congressman for over 19 years, quit the party in March 2020 along with over 20 of his supporting MLAs, triggering the collapse of the party’s Kamal Nath government and the return of the BJP in Madhya Pradesh. Jyotiraditya Scindia had been inducted into Modi’s cabinet as India’s new Civil Aviation Minister during the recent reshuffle.
The Scindia family
The Scindia family ruled Gwalior until India’s independence from the United Kingdom in 1947, when the Maharaja Jivajirao Scindia acceded to the Government of India. Gwalior was merged with a number of other princely states to become the new Indian State of Madhya Bharat. The entry of Jyotiraditya Scindia into the BJP after 18 years in the Congress is a “coming together for the whole Scindia family,” which has “the ideology of the BJP in its blood,” according to Yashodhara Raje, Jyotiraditya’s aunt and the BJP MLA from Shivpuri in Madhya Pradesh. Members of the erstwhile royal family of Gwalior have been in politics over six decades, and are among the most influential political dynasties of independent India. This is the first time in many years that all politically active Scindias are with the BJP.