Why elevation of Himanta Biswa Sarma should make Jyotiraditya Scindia smile

Himanta Biswa Sarma’s elevation because the Assam chief minister by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) holds a considerably excessive worth for the longer term. The transfer sends a robust message to these delivering outcomes for the BJP irrespective of their previous affiliation. Jyotiraditya Scindia is amongst those that could also be sensing a possibility to get what he was denied within the Congress.

Himanta Biswa Sarma just isn’t the primary ‘outsider’ within the BJP to be recognised and rewarded for his benefit over previous Sangh Parivar members. Even his predecessor Sarbananda Sonowal came visiting to the BJP from the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP). He was first elected as an MLA and subsequently as MP on AGP tickets.


Sonowal joined the BJP in 2011, received the 2014 Lok Sabha election and have become the Assam chief minister in 2016. He, in truth, took simply 5 years within the BJP — in comparison with about six years by Himanta Biswa Sarma — to be appointed because the chief minister.

Sonowal’s appointment was a sign from the BJP that Sarma could possibly be within the reckoning for the chief ministerial place if he proves himself to be a much bigger asset. Sarma quickly delivered Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura to the BJP. He shaped NEDA — the NDA’s Northeastern model — and made BJP essentially the most dominant celebration within the area. The BJP, in return, rewarded his result-oriented performances.

This is what might come as excellent news for Jyotiraditya Scindia in Madhya Pradesh, some 2,000 km away. Just like Himanta Biswa Sarma, Jyotiraditya Scindia is alleged to have harboured chief ministerial ambitions.

Himanta Biswa Sarma’s declare was reportedly rejected by Rahul Gandhi, who apparently most well-liked to play together with his pet — a canine — throughout a gathering quite than giving a affected person listening to to then Congress’s number-2 within the third time period of Tarun Gogoi authorities in Assam.


Jyotiradtiya Scindia too raised his grievances in opposition to the Kamal Nath authorities in Madhya Pradesh and is believed to have conveyed to Rahul Gandhi that he wished for a change of guard within the state.

Rahul Gandhi didn’t give Jyotiraditya Scindia a correct response regardless of the 2 leaders’ reported friendship. Incidentally, their fathers — Rajiv Gandhi and Madhavrao Scindia respectively — shared a rivalry.

Spurned by the Congress’s de facto supremo, Jyotiraditya Scindia accepted the BJP’s supply and joined the celebration. And, when the Covid-19 pandemic was about to grip India, the Kamal Nath authorities succumbed to a pandemic of defections in Madhya Pradesh. The defections of 22 MLAs belonging to the Congress was the primary ‘supply’ by Jyotiraditya Scindia to the BJP.

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Shivraj Singh Chouhan returned because the Madhya Pradesh chief minister in March 2020. This was the second promise delivered by Jyotiradtiya Scindia.

The third one got here within the by-election. Of the 22 Congress defectors or Jyotiradtiya Scindia loyalists, 15 received the bypolls in November 2020. Overall, the BJP received 19 of 28 seats that went to the polls.

While Himanta Biswa Sarma promised to broaden the BJP past Assam and did it in model, Jyotiraditya Scindia’s mandate was restricted to Madhya Pradesh, and he too normal a Himanta-like success.


Jyotiraditya Scindia has a bonus over Himanta Biswa Sarma, who had no previous affiliation with the Sangh Parivar. Scindia, then again, comes from a royal household that’s recognized for its shut ties with the Sangh Parivar.

Jyotiraditya’s grandfather Jivanjirao Scindia is alleged to have had a mushy nook for the Hindu Mahasabha drawing the ire of then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. This led to a compromise with Vijaya Raje Scindia, the grandmother of Jyotiraditya, contesting her first election because the Congress candidate.

After the loss of life of Jivanjirao Scindia, relations with the Congress soured and Vijaya Raje Scindia, popularly known as Rajmata, joined the Bharatiya Jan Sangh (BJS), the precursor to the BJP. Her son, Madhavrao Scindia — the daddy of Jyotiraditya — received his first Lok Sabha election with the assist from the BJS.

Vijaya Raje Scindia was one of the founding members of the BJP in 1980. Jyotiraditya’s aunts — Vasundhara Raje in Rajasthan and Yashodhara Raje in Madhya Pradesh — have been with the BJP for many years. His cousin, Dushyant Singh — the son of Vasundhara Raje — is a Lok Sabha member from Jhalawar-Barmer representing the BJP.

This presents Jyotiraditya Scindia with a possibility to grasp his political dream in Madhya Pradesh that the Congress had dashed. If Jyotiraditya Scindia delivers Madhya Pradesh to the BJP in 2023, two years from now, he could possibly be residing the Himanta-moment.

Himanta in Assamese means finish of winter or chilly days. This is the start of sunny days in that sense. Jyotiraditya in Sanskrit means the resplendence of the solar. One comes after the opposite.

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