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Jyotiradtiya misses out on CM post, just like his father did, 30 years ago

In 1989, Madhavrao was all set to be the CM but strident opposition from senior leader Arjun Singh ensured that then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi could not give the former Gwalior royal the coveted pos

Press Trust of India  |  Bhopal 

Jyotiraditya Scindia, Congress leader
Jyotiraditya is the last scion of the Scindia family of Marathas which ruled the Gwalior state in pre-independent central-India

Almost 30 years after late was denied the post of Madhya Pradesh chief minister, history repeated itself as the "so near yet so far" fate befell his son Jyotiraditya.

In 1989, was all set to be the CM but strident opposition from senior Arjun Singh, asked to step down as CM after the Churhat lottery scam, ensured that then could not give the former Gwalior royal the coveted post.

Singh, in a bid to get his way at the time, had even kept his MLAs ensconced in the Char Imli residence of loyalist Harivansh Singh.

was so confident of being given the post that he had flown down from Delhi and camped in the state for two days.

Instead, Motilal Vora was made the

Twenty-nine years later, Jyotiraditya also lost out on the chance to be among the youngest chief ministers of the central Indian state, as Kamal Nath, 72, was picked for the top job in the state.

sources said that Jyotiraditya, member from Guna, had pointed out to the party leadership that BJP's slogan "Maaf Karo Maharaj, Apne toh Shivraj" was centred around him.

Nath, nine-time member from Chhindwara, made the cut due to his seniority and support of more party MLAs, the sources said.

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Jyotiraditya is the last scion of the family of Marathas which ruled the Gwalior state in pre-independent central-India.

His grandmother Rajmata Vijaya Raje was one of the founding members of the Jana Sangh.

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Following his mother, Madhavrao also joined the Jana Sangh. In 1971 elections, the mother-son duo was among the few leaders who defied the wave and emerged victorious from their respective constituencies.

In 1980, he joined Indira Gandhis Congress, a party which had jailed his mother during the Emergency-era. His sisters, Vasundhara Raje and Yashodhara Raje later followed their mothers footsteps and joined the

Kamal Nath will be sworn in as the 18th of Madhya Pradesh on December 17.

First Published: Fri, December 14 2018. 16:15 IST
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