Jairam Ramesh, a senior in the Congress, said on Friday that while those like Jyotiraditya Scindia and Himanta Biswa Sarma could not be reinstated, those like Kapil Sibal who maintained a “dignified quiet” after leaving the party could. Ramesh, the publicity director for the Congress, also called Union minister Scindia a “24 carat traitor.”
Ramesh responded, “I think the people who have left the Congress should not be invited back,” when asked what the party’s stance would be if any of the renegade leaders wanted to return.
“People who left the party and mistreated it shouldn’t be brought back. However, other party members gracefully departed the organisation and have been remaining silent about the Congress party and its leaders “explained he.
Ramesh was addressing the crowd when Congressman Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra, which arrived in Agar Malwa, MP, on Friday, was in progress.
In contrast to Mr. Scindia and Mr. Himanta Biswa Sarma, Kapil Sibal, a former colleague and close friend who left the party for an unknown reason, has kept a very dignified quiet about the Congress party, Ramesh remarked.
I believe that such leaders who have retained their dignity may be welcomed back, but those who have abandoned the party and its leadership should not, the speaker continued.
When questioned whether Scindia would have quit the Congress if he had been given the chance to become party president, the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, or a seat in the Rajya Sabha, “Scindia is a “gaddar” (traitor), a true gaddar, a real gaddar, and a 24 carat gaddar,” Ramesh declared.
Rajneesh Agrawal, the secretary of the Madhya Pradesh BJP, responded to Ramesh’s remarks by describing Scindia as a “24 carat nationalist with deep cultural roots.”
Ramesh’s comments were “uncultured” and “completely undemocratic,” Agrawal continued, adding that Scindia and Sarma both have “24 karat” dedication to their jobs.
Sarma defected from the Congress in 2015, accusing Rahul Gandhi of “mismanagement,” and he afterwards joined the BJP. Later, he rose to the position of Union minister and then Assam chief minister.
In 2020, Scindia left the Grand Old Party, which led to the downfall of the Madhya Pradesh Congress government. Later, he was appointed minister of civil aviation and sworn into the Union cabinet.