BJP leader Jyotiraditya Scindia (Photo Credit: ANI)
New Delhi :
Jyotiraditya Scindia reached Bhopal on Thursday, a day after joining the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in presence of party chief JP Nadda, to a rousing welcome by leaders and workers of the party. Local BJP leaders and activists thronged the airport to greet him as soon as he came out of the Bhopal’s Raja Bhoj Airport in the afternoon along with the Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar in a special flight.
He was welcomed by a large number of BJP workers and of his supporters at the airport with the saffron flags. Jyotiraditya Scindia’s paternal aunt and BJP MLA Yashodhara Raje Scindia, who reached the airport earlier, welcomed her nephew.
Among those who were present to greet Scindia included state BJP president VD Sharma, former ministers Rampal Singh, leader of opposition Gopal Bhargava, Bhupendra Singh, and Narottam Mishra.
Earlier, several hoardings were put up by BJP and Scindia’s supporters along the 15-km route of his rally from the airport to the state BJP headquarters.
Meanwhile, hours before his arrival, posters bearing Jyotiraditya Scindia’s pictures in parts of Bhopal were blackened, party sources said. Scindia will file his nomination papers for the March 26 Rajya Sabha polls on Friday, a party spokesperson said.
Earlier on Thursday he met Home Minister Amit Shah and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at his residence. Scindia, who had been in the Congress party for 18 years, joined the saffron league on Wednesday. Hours after joining the party he was named him as its Rajya Sabha candidate from Madhya Pradesh. The development was confirmed by former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who congratulated him on Twitter.
Meanwhile, political instability continues to emerge from Madhya Pradesh where Jyotiraditya Scindia joining the BJP has plunged the state into chaos. The Kamal Nath government is on the brink of collapse as 22 Congress MLAs resigned from the Assembly.
(With Agency Inputs)