The BJP's Madhya Pradesh unit has come up with an explanation for a viral video that shows Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia stopping state party chief VD Sharma from addressing a public event and taking over the podium.
The visuals from an event in Shivpuri district, organised to mark the translocation of tigers to Madhav National Park, had sparked a row. A video shows the announcer calling out Mr Sharma's name. As the state BJP chief is about to speak, Mr Scindia approaches the podium. He is seen speaking briefly to Mr Sharma, who returns to his seat with a smile as the Union Minister takes over.
240 शब्दों में कई बार नेरेटिव तथ्यों से परे होते हैं,@BJP4India में मंच की परंपरा है आखिर में प्रदेश अध्यक्ष बोलते हैं ऐसे में @JM_Scindia ने @vdsharmabjp का सम्मान किया अपमान नहीं लेकिन नेरेटिव कुछ और बना. तथ्य सर्वोपरि हैं, आलोचना में भी. pic.twitter.com/p3RGQIUrD8— Anurag Dwary (@Anurag_Dwary) March 11, 2023
At the time, Madhya Pradesh Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was also on the dais.
The Congress took a swipe at Mr Scindia, saying that it was his "family's tradition to sideline other leaders".
शिवपुरी में हुए सरकारी कार्यक्रम में @JM_Scindia ने @vdsharmabjp को भाषण देने से रोका वह संस्कार नहीं,राजनीति थी,@OfficeOfKPYadavभी वहां थे,जिन्हें बोलने नहीं देना था,— KK Mishra (@KKMishraINC) March 12, 2023
सिंधियाजी को जब कुछ पाना होता है तो वे किसी को हटाकर ही पाते हैं,चाहे VDजी हों या कमलनाथजी? ये ही संस्कार है?
Clarifying on the issue, the BJP's state media in-charge Lokendra Parashar said that it is a tradition for the state party chief to address an event at the end. "In the Bharatiya Janata Party, the honour of the President is the highest. The Congress cannot understand this. The president is the most honourable and hence, his speech comes right at the end," he said.
Mr Scindia, the BJP leader said, intervened during the function as a mark of respect to the state BJP chief.
Earlier, Congress' media cell chief KK Mishra had tweeted, "It was politics. That's why Scindia stopped VD Sharma from giving a speech at a government function in Shivpuri. It is the Scindia family tradition to sideline other leaders and surge ahead."