Scindia’s faux pas at rally, seeks votes for Congress

Bhopal, November 1

In a slip of the tongue, BJP Rajya Sabha member Jyotiraditya Scindia asked people to vote for his former party Congress during a campaign for the November 3 byelections in Madhya Pradesh.

A video, in which Scindia is seen seeking votes for the Congress during a rally on Saturday in favour of BJP candidate Imarti Devi from Dabra town in Gwalior, has gone viral on the social media.

In the video, Scindia is heard saying, “My people of Dabra, raise your hand and make your fist to convince (state Chief Minister) Shivraj Singh and me, make us believe that you will press the ‘hand’ button on November 3.” However, the BJP leader immediately amended his sentence and appealed to people to vote for the ‘kamal’ (lotus) symbol of the saffron party.

Taking a dig at the goof-up, the state Congress’ Twitter handle shared the video and said, “Scindia ji, the people of Madhya Pradesh assure you that they will press the key (on EVM) of ‘Hath ka Panja’ (Congress’s symbol) on November 3.” When contacted, state BJP spokesman Pankaj Chaturvedi said such a goof-up could happen by any person. — PTI

Campaigning for bypoll ends

New Delhi: Campaigning for the November 3 bypoll to 28 Assembly seats in Madhya Pradesh came to an end on Sunday evening.

It’s over to the voters now, who will decide the fate of the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government in the state. It was a bitter campaign between two main rivals, the BJP and the Congress, peaking with leaders trading charges.

BJP MP Jyotiraditya Scindia said former CM Kamal Nath, who was also censured for calling a woman an “item”, called him a “dog”. Kamal Nath ji called me a dog. Yes, I am a dog, because a dog protects its master. TNS

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