Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath (left) and Jyotiraditya Scindia (centre). (Photo Credit: File)
The rift between Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath and AICC general secretary Jyotiraditya Scindia has taken an ugly turn on Saturday with the earlier almost suggesting the latter to chnage sides. Scindia had threatened to hit the streets if promises made to the guest teachers in the Congress party's poll manifesto is not fulfilled. When asked about Scindia's threat, Kamal Nath had four only words for his him - "To woh udhar jaayen (Then he should go the other side)".
The AICC general secretary, who has been critical of the Kamal Nath government over farm loan waiver, extended his support to the contract teachers, who are protesting against the state government for over two months. They are demanding the state government fulfil its promise of regularisation.
On Thursday, Scindia said that the demand included in Congress party's 'Vachan Patra' and it the promises made are not fulfilled, he will also hit the streets with them. "Your demand was included in the Congress manifesto. And the manifesto is sacred text for us. If all the promises in the manifesto are not fulfilled, do not think you are alone. Jyotiraditya Scindia will also hit the streets with you."
He, however, asked the teachers to be patient, saying that it has been only one year the Congress is in power in the state. When Nath was asked about it, he had said, "The manifesto is for five years. It’s not for five months."
Ties between Nath and Scindia have been strained ever since the latter was overlooked for the chief minister's job. After winning the elections in the Madhya Pradesh, the Congress party had chosen Kamal Nath over Scindia for the CM role. Since then, Scindia is said to be upset with the party. He also removed Congress from his Twitter bio, which fuelled speculations that he may even quit the party.