Jyotiraditya Scindia joins BJP a day after leaving Congress

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 New Delhi: In this Dec. 18, 2018 file photo, Congress MP Jyotiraditya Scindia during the Winter Session of Parliament in New Delhi. In a massive setback for the Congress, its prominent youth leader Jyotiraditya Scindia quit the party and appeared set to join BJP on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. (PTI Photo)

New Delhi: In this Dec. 18, 2018 file photo, Congress MP Jyotiraditya Scindia during the Winter Session of Parliament in New Delhi. In a massive setback for the Congress, its prominent youth leader Jyotiraditya Scindia quit the party and appeared set to join BJP on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. (PTI Photo)

A day after announcing his resignation from the Congress, Jyotiraditya Scindia joined the BJP on Wednesday in presence of the ruling party’s president JP Nadda.

Jyotiraditya Scindia met Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday and then the two leaders went to the Prime Minister’s residence where they held talks for over an hour.

Soon after meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Madhya Pradesh Congress leader tendered his resignation to Congress party president Sonia Gandhi saying it was time for him to move on.

Scindia took the decision to sever his ties with the Congress on the day of his father Madhavrao Scindia’s 75th birth anniversary.

A four-time MP, Scindia first got elected from Guna in Madhya Pradesh in 2002 after winning a by-election necessitated by his father’s demise. He was only 31 years old at that time.

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.

(PTI)