"I believe and have full faith and hope, that if Rahul Gandhi leads the country, it will benefit all sections of the country as he (Rahul), unlike others, always thinks about the nation and for the poor and development," Scindia said at a press conference in Bhopal.
Scindia said this while replying to a question on whether Rahul Gandhi should be projected as the prime ministerial candidate for the Congress in 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
Refuting BJP's allegation that by appointing him as Madhya Pradesh's election campaign committee chief, Congress has done injustice to the state party unit president Kantilal Bhuria, who is a tribal, Scindia retorted by asking why the BJP has not appointed former union minister Faggan Singh Kulaste as the party president in the state.
To prove his point, he listed the names of several tribal leaders who were given important posts in government and positions in the party.
Scindia said that the BJP wanted to engineer differences between him and Bhuria as it always believed in ‘divisive politics, unlike Congress, which always keeps the people united.’
He described himself and Bhuria as ‘the two sides of the same coin.’ Assembly elections in the central Indian state are scheduled to be held around the end of the year.
Jyotiraditya also rubbished allegations that Congress is a divided house and that his appointment just two months before the Assembly polls will divide the party.
Terming Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh as an ‘undisputed senior party leader,’ Scindia said that he is taking guidance from him over the issues related to campaigning.
Trashing claims of development being made by state Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, the Congress leader alleged that the only thing that has flourished in the state is corruption.
"The Congress has decentralized the power in the state, but the only thing that the BJP has done is, they have decentralized corruption," he said.
In Madhya Pradesh, different regions have immense potential but it needed to be developed further, like Malwa region, which is rich in agriculture but has no processing units to give farmers their due, he said.
The Union Minister of State for Power also highlighted various projects sanctioned by his ministry, including the Rajiv Gandhi Rural Electrification Scheme for Madhya Pradesh.

‘Red beacon creates gap between people and politicians’

Union Minister Jyotraditya Scindia said that he is against the usage of red beacon atop official vehicles as it widens the gap between people and their representatives.
"I do not use the red beacon light either in New Delhi or elsewhere. The red beacon light widens the distance between the people and their representatives. Though I consider it as a small thing, it is important," he said.
He also suggested that if Congress came to power in Madhya Pradesh, where Assembly elections are to be held later this year, the party would try to ensure that nobody puts up red beacon on vehicles.


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