New Delhi: An amusing trade of dialogues between BJP leader Jyotraditya Scindia and his former Congress colleague Digvijaya Singh on the ongoing farmer protests, left the Parliament in splits on Thursday.
Jyotiraditya Scindia, speaking in Rajya Sabha for the first time since his political shift last year from the Congress (where he served for 19 years) to the BJP, targeted the duality of the Congress-led UPA government on farm laws at the Centre of a massive farmers’ protest outside Delhi.
The Congress and other opposition parties have supported farmers’ demand to repeal the contentious laws, whereas, Scindia sought to highlight what he alleged was Congress’s double standards on the laws.
“In the 2019 election manifesto, the Congress had promised reforms for farmers. In 2010-11, our Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar had written to all Chief Ministers and said that private sector participation was necessary in agriculture and for that, amendments were needed in the APMC (Agricultural Produce Market Committee) Act enacted by state governments,” alleged Scindia.
“Yeh Juban badalne ki aadat badalni hogi. Chat bhi mera pat bhi mera kab tak chalega (Opposition parties will have to change the habit of going back on their words. Heads I win, tails you lose. How long this will go on?),” the Madhya Pradesh BJP leader stated.
Commenting on Scindia’s allegations, Congress veteran Digvijaya Singh said, “Scindia-ji I congratulate you. The way you earlier used to present the UPA’s point of view forcefully in the house, today you have done an excellent job of expressing the BJP’s view. Wah Maharaj-ji wah!” – Digvijaya Singh grinned, using BJP leader’s nickname.
Retorting to Digvijaya’s comment, Scindia smiled and said, “It is all thanks to your blessings.”
To which, Singh riposte, “My blessings were always with you. And will always be with you, no matter which party you join”. This amusing interlude made the entire Upper House break into laughter.