BHOPAL: In a significant development for the opposition Congress, the chief whip of the party in the Lok Sabha Jyotiraditya Scindia took part in party national general secretary Digvijaya Singh’s ongoing six-month long Narmada Parikrama Yatra in Khargone district on Tuesday.
The development assumes significance as two leaders are considered to be poles apart in the faction-ridden Congress, which has been out of power in the state since 2003.
Scindia, the Lok Sabha member from Guna parliamentary constituency joined the yatra, while it was on way from Omkareshwar (Khandwa) to Khargone district via the Mortakka Bridge over river Narmada, around 350 km from Bhopal.
The prominent Congress leaders present in the yatra, included Digvijaya Singh’s younger sibling and former MP Laxman Singh, son and Raghogarh MLA Jaivardhan Singh, MP Congress chief Arun Yadav and senior party leader Rameshwar Nikhra.
Another senior Congress leader Kamal Nath too is slated to participate in the yatra in the days to come. The nine-time MP from Chhindwara seat, Kamal Nath, had a few weeks ago backed Scindia’s candidature as the party’s CM face in the Assembly Polls slated to be in November 2018.
Singh started the non-political yatra to circumambulate the river Narmada from Narsinghpur district on September 30 (Dussehra Day) along with wife Amrita Rai. The yatra which will travel through over 100 assembly segments of MP has so far evoked exciting response from local residents.
Earlier on Tuesday, Scindia, on the 'yatra' undertaken by Digvijay Singh, said, "This is a journey of Digvijay's determination and I will also be a part of it."