Reacting to Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia's demand to be made MPCC head, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Friday has denied any knowing it. He said that it was up to the High Command to decide on who will head the state's Congress committee. Sources have said that senior Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia has allegedly issued a ten-day ultimatum to Congress saying that he will quit the party if he is not made the MPCC chief. Meanwhile, Scindia allegedly skipped Priyanka Gandhi's meeting which was scheduled on Friday.
"I don't have any information on this. But it is the job of the high command to decide on such matters regarding the state. I don't know what he has commented and in which situation. So I cannot comment on it," said Gehlot.
Meanwhile, Congress Leader PC Sharma too has said that the High Command will decide on the matter. He also said that Scindia was a senior leader and a former Union Minister and would be given his due."I don't know anything about this. But any decision will be made by the high command. Our Chief Minister Kamal Nath is currently in Delhi will talk to leaders on the issue. Scindiaji is a senior leader of Congress. He has been a Union minister and has been a Lok Sabha representative for a long time. He has already been made Maharashtra Steering Committee's head. So I believe that this will be resolved by high command," he added.
In support of Scindia's demand protests have erupted at the Congress headquarters in Madhya Pradesh's Bhopal on Friday. The protestors (Scindia supporters) have demanded that the former Guna MP Jyotiraditya Scindia made the Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) chief. They have threatened mass resignation if their demands are not met. They believe that Scindia is being ignored by the Congress High Command.
Earlier in the day, Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath too reacted to Scindia's ultimatum. He had spoken with Congress interim-president Sonia Gandhi over Scindia's threat, denying that Scindia was upset over not having gotten desirable posts. He added that he had wanted a new MP Congress chief for some time. According to sources, Scindia had earlier wanted to become Madhya Pradesh CM, which was not given to him either. As per sources, Scindia expressed unhappiness with the post of chairman of the Maharashtra screening committee.
"Even I want a new MPCC chief, I am on it since the past six months. I told Sonia ji also that we need new MPCC chief, I discussed the issue of Madhya Pradesh's chief with her. From the past six months, I have been saying MPCC chief should be appointed," he said. When asked about Scindia's ultimatum, he said, "I don't think he is angry, I don't think he is unhappy."