Congress MP Jyotiraditya Scindia has found himself in a spot of bother once again. This time he’s facing social media roasting for allegedly insulting one of his senior woman party colleagues in full public glare.
Scindia was in Ujjain on 28 July last month, when he addressed a news conference. He even tweeted a photo of his press meet from Ujjain for his 1.18 million followers.
— Jyotiraditya Scindia (@JM_Scindia) July 28, 2018
However, soon a video went viral on social media platforms, where Scindia could be seen occupying the centre stage with Ujjain Congress president Mahesh Soni, senior leader Rajyawardhan Singh Dattigaon and former MLA Rajendra Bharti. Noori Khan, a prominent face of Mahdya Pradesh Congress in Ujjain and also a party spokesperson, too is seen taking a chair at the podium in the video. Seeing her alongside himself, Scindia is seen quickly directing Khan to leave the stage and occupy a seat below the podium. At this is what it looks like in the video.
One user, Geeta Sharma, who identifies herself as a former journalist with Zee News, tweeted the video with a caption, “What’s this attitude? What arrogance? Is this how women are treated in the Congress? What did emperor Jyotiraditya Scindia do?”
ये क्या रवैया? इतना घमंड! ये है congress में महिलाओं का सम्मान!
महाराज @JM_Scindia ने Press conference से अपनी पार्टी की प्रवक्ता को नीचे का रास्ता दिखाया.मानसून सत्र में महिलाओं की सुरक्षा/सम्मान का मुद्दा उठाने वाले महाराज जी ये क्या कर दिया?@INCIndia @RahulGandhi pic.twitter.com/1dj69nskve
— Geeta sharma?? (@BeingGeetaS) August 1, 2018
Sharma’s post was shared more than 500 times on Twitter. Also joining the condemnation was AAP MLA from Delhi, Alka Lamba, who wrote, “This is not the first time Jyotiraditya Scindia is insukting women within his party. He’s done this before too. I’ve known Noori Khan from my Congress days. She’s extremely honest and hard-working individual. She has made a place for herself in the party without anyone’s help. I felt sad to see such insult being meted out to her before the media.” Lamba also tagged Congress president in her tweet.
@JM_Scindia ऐसा पहली बार नही कर रहे हैं,पहले भी महिलाओं का अपमान कुछ यूं ही कर अपनी राजसी झाड़ चुके हैं,@noorikhan786 को मैं काँग्रेस के समय से जानती हूँ,बेहद ईमानदार,मेहनती कार्यकर्ता है वो,उसने अपने दम पर अपनी जगह बनाई है,
दुःख हुआ मीडिया के सामने यह अपमान देख कर@RahulGandhi pic.twitter.com/gIpBwhCoSB
— Alka Lamba (@LambaAlka) July 31, 2018
Scindia was recently in controversy after a video showed how he had thrown a coconut offered to him a Hindu devotee on the road minutes after accepting it from him. Madhya Pradesh goes to crucial assembly polls later this year. The Congress party has been a victim of its own factionalism in the state in the past with the supporters of Scindia and Kamal Nath refusing to work as a cohesive force. Noori Khan is believed to be very close to Kamal Nath camp and had recently joined him for a road show in Ujjain (see below).
Scindia, also a Lok Sabha MP, has not commented on the controversy.