Bhopal: Infighting in Madhya Pradesh Congress escalated on Friday when former MP Jyotiraditya Scindia openly alleged in Bhind that the Kamal Nath government has not fulfilled its promise of waiving farm loans of up to Rs 2 lakh.
On the same day in the same town, a poster sprung up showing Scindia, PM Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah in the same frame, and thanking the senior Congress leader for his support to the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.
Scindia’s statement on loan waiver gave ammo to BJP, which said Congress leaders were now “showing the mirror to CM Kamal Nath”. Scindia has been vocal of late — just two days ago, he had called for “introspection within the party”, and on September 24 had criticized the crop loss survey conducted by the Congress government in flood-hit Mandsaur and Neemuch.
Scindia’s statement stunned party leaders. Minister Sajjan Singh Verma said that instead of giving statements, Scindia should directly speak to chief minister Kamal Nath on the issue. “He speaks directly to AICC president Sonia Gandhi, so he can also speak to chief minister Kamal Nath,” he said.
Now on a nine-day tour of Gwalior-Chambal region, Scindia was addressing a party workers’ meet in Bhind on Friday, when he said, “Kisano ka karz poori tarah se maaf nahin kiya gaya hai. Keval 50,000 rupaye ka karz maaf kiya gaya hai jabki humne kaha tha ki do lakh tak ka karz maaf kiya jayega (Farmers’ loans have not been waived in totality. Only loans of Rs 50,000 have been waived whereas we had promised that loans up to Rs 2 lakh will be waived).”
“Loans up to Rs 50,000 of 21 lakh farmers have been waived. The second list of 12.5 lakh farmers, who took loans from cooperative banks, is being prepared and a third list will waive loans of all remaining farmers who applied for waiver,” the minister added.
State Congress spokesman and CM Kamal Nath’s media convener Narendra Saluja said, “Scindia ji said that farm loans up to Rs 2 lakh should be waived. The government is on the job. It will be done.”
BJP pounced on Scindia’s loan-waiver statement to attack the Kamal Nath government. Former chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan tweeted, “Neither Shivraj nor the public, now your own people are showing you the mirror Kamal Nathji, and saying there has been no loan waiver! Will the government still not wake up? Tears of farmers have dried up but no money has reached their bank accounts. If you have any shame left, take the decision to waive farm loans soon.” BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya also tweeted that members of the Congress family have started saying there has been no farm loan waiver.
While Scindia was firing his salvo at Kamal Nath in Bhind, a poster surfaced in the same town thanking him for supporting the Narendra Modi government’s stand on Article 370. Installed by BJP worker Hridesh Sharma, district president of ‘Bharat Raksha Manch’, it carries a large photo of Scindia — bigger than the pictures of Modi and Shah — with the caption: “Shrimant (a title for members of Gwalior royalty) Jyotiraditya Scindiaji ke pratham Bhind agaman par swagat vandan abhinandan (Salutation and greetings to Shrimant Jyotiraditya Scindia on his first visit to Bhind.”
It hails him as “great son of India” and “pride of Gwalior-Chambal”, and thanks him for supporting the abrogation of special status to J&K. The manch is headed by former BJP Rajya Sabha MP Raghunandan Sharma.
A day after the scrapping of Article 370, Scindia had tweeted: “I support the move on #JammuAndKashmir Ladakh and its full integration into Union of India. Would have been better if constitutional process had been followed. No questions could have been raised then. Nevertheless, this is in our country’s interest and I support this.” His was perhaps the first tweet from any Congress leader supporting the move, and it did not go down well with the party high command and central leadership, say sources.
Saluja said: “Posters are installed by enthusiastic party workers. The Bhind poster should not be made into made into an issue.”



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