MP CM Kamal Nath Fires Back At 'sword & Shield' Jyotiraditya Scindia, Explains 'manifesto'


Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath has now responded to Scindia's comments after he said that he will protest with people if promises in manifesto are not fulfiled.

Written By Jay Pandya | Mumbai | Updated On:

Infighting in the Madhya Pradesh Congress has been brewing ever since the party came to power in 2018. On Thursday, Senior leader Jyotiraditya Scindia assured to regularise guest teachers in Tikamgarh, Madhya Pradesh, stating that he will be their "shield and sword" if all promises in the party's manifesto were not fulfilled. Chief Minister Kamal Nath has now responded to Scindia's comments.

Speaking to media on Friday, Kamal Nath said, "A manifesto is for 5 years right? Not for 5 months where the promises will be fulfiled just like that." Scindia, who lost the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from the Guna-Shivpuri constituency, has taken on the Kamal Nath government in the past too. Ahead of the Assembly polls in late 2018, his supporters had projected him as a future Chief Minister.

'I will be your shield and sword'

"I want to assure you that your demand is included in our government's manifesto and it is our sacred text. It has been a year for the government, teachers have to be a little patient. Our turn will come and if not then I assure you that I will be your shield and sword," said Scindia in an event organised in Kudila village of Tikamgarh district.

"If all promises in the manifesto are not fulfilled, do not think you are alone. Scindia will also hit the streets with you," he added.  He further said that he has requested the state government to work on eradication of malnutrition in 5 years. "We will remove the blur of malnutrition within our government's tenure," he said.

Madhya Pradesh has been reeling under a nutrition crisis. The state tops the list for malnourishment under the age of six in India and around 60% are malnourished, as per international non-profit Save The Children. The Kamal Nath government is currently struggling to fulfil its promises of farm loan waiver up to Rs 2 lakh in the state. The government needs around Rs 50,000 crore for the farm waiver, according to officials.

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'We have to change'

In the wake of Congress's drubbing in Delhi Assembly polls, Jyotiraditya Scindia has said the party has to change and reach out to people with a fresh approach. Talking to reporters at Prithvipur area on Thursday, he termed the Congress's defeat in Delhi assembly polls as "unfortunate".

"The country is changing. Similarly, people's thought process is changing. We (Congress) have to change and reach out to people with a new approach," Scindia said. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) won the Delhi Assembly polls by bagging 62 of the total 70 seats. While the BJP won eight seats, the Congress could not win even a single one.

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(With agency inputs)

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