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Scindia for Jhabua-Ratlam model to win assembly polls

The Congress should follow the Jhabua-Ratlam model of better planning and coordination among party leaders to win the next assembly elections in the state, former union minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said in Indore on Monday.

indore Updated: Aug 30, 2016 09:40 IST
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Scindia said the party needs to energise cadres and properly organise itself to defeat the BJP.(Shankar Mourya/ HT Photo)

The Congress should follow the Jhabua-Ratlam model of better planning and coordination among party leaders to win the next assembly elections in the state, former union minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said in Indore on Monday.

The Congress MP made the remark at a Meet the Press event on a question about his party’s poll strategy for the next assembly election.

Congress candidate Kantilal Bhuria won the Jhabua-Ratlam Lok Sabha by-election in November last year with a margin of more than 88,800 votes over his BJP rival.

Scindia attributed the victory to “good planning and better than usual coordination among the Congress leaders”.

The state goes to the polls in 2018.

On a question whether he was Madhya Pradesh’s chief minister in-waiting, Scindia did not give a clear answer. “It was said of my father, Madhavrao Scindia, that he was not a typical politician (hankering for power). I guess it is the same for me. I believe in service and development of the state.”

Scindia, who was election in-charge of the Congress in the 2013 assembly polls, said his party was still strong in the state but needs to energise cadres and properly organise itself to defeat the BJP.

He said there was a feeling of negativity in the state due to the wrong policies of the BJP government, which has failed on all fronts.

On Modi raising Balochistan issue

Asked about Prime Minister Narendra Modi raising Balochistan issue in his Independence Day speech, Scindia said it was the Congress that had first raise atrocities against Baloch people by the Pakistan government.

“We should first put our house that is Kashmir in order. The central government has completely failed to tackle the situation (in Kashmir). It is only now that they have taken the opposition into confidence. The situation in Kashmir has never been so bad in recent times than now,” Scindia said.

On India’s Olympic debacle

He said Modi had claimed after the 2011 Olympics that if the NDA returns to power India’s medal tally would increase many fold. “Modi had two years, what did he do?” Scindia asked.

India should concentrate on a few sports, draw a blueprint and have a budgetary provision for it. “The United Kingdom, which was failing badly in previous Olympics, has achieved major success by adopting this strategy,” he said.