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Scindia surprised at Digvijay remark

india Updated: Dec 13, 2006 02:05 IST

MEMBER OF Parliament Jyotiraditya Scindia said on Monday evening here that he strongly opposed factional politics within the Congress party and always respected senior leaders like Digvijay Singh.

Scindia made the remarks when his attention was drawn to Singh’s purported statement that Congress leaders were being ignored in the region and the recent rallies in Bhind and Morena were organised to pacify the dissatisfied lot.

Scindia said he would welcome suggestions and has never hesitated to take advice from Singh on previous occasions as well. He wondered why Singh expressed the views.

He was replying to media queries on the sidelines of the function to release Jiwaji Club’s directory on Monday night. “I was not invited for Bhind and Morena rallies (organised by Singh supporters), while Singh was given invitation for the Aaron rally recently organised by me to expose BJP government”, he added. Singh should not discriminate and take everyone along as stated by him, told Scindia.

Scindia said the strength of Congress lies with grassroots workers and he would never do anything to jeopardise its unity. Scindia said that in the backdrop of climatic changes and global warming, the problems of agriculture sectors need to be addressed in a different perspective.

He lauded the initiatives taken by the UPA government to strengthen water bodies; improve rural electrification and the rural employment guarantee schemes launched by it. The plight of farmers in this region was pitiable and the MP State Government has done precious little to improve their condition. There was no electricity, no water to irrigate fields, no fertiliser and so on, charged Scindia.

He said the government needed to work simultaneously on short -term and long-term projects for support of agriculture sector.