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Cong needs fresh faces in Madhya Pradesh, says Scindia

indore Updated: Jul 10, 2016 13:42 IST
HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Indore
Jyotiraditya Scindia

Jyotiraditya Scindia with party workers at Residency Kothi in Indore on Saturday. (Shankar Mourya/ HT photo)

Congress party chief whip in the Lok Sabha and Guna MP Jyotiraditya Scindia on Saturday expressed the need to bring fresh faces in Madhya Pradesh where the party lacks organisational depth and is out of power since 2003.

“We need to start afresh in order to strengthen our grass-roots work. We have to give rise to new faces,” Scindia said at a press conference.

He said Madhya Pradesh is an area of concern when asked about the series of electoral defeats the Congress party faced in last 13 years. He, however, declined to comment when asked whether Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee president Arun Yadav will be replaced. “There is no groupism in the party. We all take decisions jointly,” he said in response to another query.

When asked about India’s foreign policy, Scindia said 12 out of 48 nations opposing India’s inclusion to Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) “is a cause of worry.” The foreign policy, he said, is not a matter of pomp and show but a matter of sincerity and depth which the Union government lacks.

“There is a huge difference between the status of India and Pakistan but the NDA government’s flawed foreign policy placed them on same pedestal. What did India get after the Prime Minister toured 34 countries in two years?” he remarked.

Stating that the failure of foreign policy has impacted India’s internal security, he cited the examples of unrest in Pampore and Gurdaspur.

The former Union minister also lashed out at the Centre for not addressing unemployment, drought and its failure to tackle price rise.

Cricket association pads up for game’s longer format

Responding to a query on Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) of which he is chairman, Scindia said the MPCA will scale new heights in terms of producing cricketing talents, developing infrastructure and financial accounting.

The MPCA will emphasise on the revival of Test cricket as it prepares to host an upcoming test match between India and New Zealand, said Scindia.

Indore will host a Test match between October 8 and 12.

“Our focus will be on bring ing crowd to the stadium as it will help revive the longer format of game in the country,” Scindia said after chairing a meeting of the state cricket association.

“BCCI awarded us Test venue status and it’s a great achievement for us. We should take the opportunity to achieve new milestones,” Scindia said.

Praising the state team’s performance as well as individual achievements, Scindia said cricketers such as Naman Ojha (who is going to lead India A team for Down Under tour) have brought laurels for the state. “I would like to congratulate all of them for their outstanding performance.”