BARMAN (MP): Former Union minister and Chhindwara MP Kamal Nath led the Congress leaders in greeting ex-chief minister Digvijaya Singh whose six-month Narmada Parikrama culminated at Barman village in Madhya Pradesh’s Narsinghpur district on Monday.
Besides Nath, Congress national general secretary and in-charge for state Deepak Babaria, state party chief Arun Yadav, Rajya Sabha member Vivek Tankha and Lok Sabha member Kantilal Bhuria were among heavyweights to reach the venue.
However, Congress chief whip in the Lok Sabha, Jyotiraditya Scindia was not present at the programme.
Sources close to Scindia told Express that he as the party’s chief whip in the Lok Sabha couldn’t skip the day-long fast by Congress members in Delhi.
Kamal Nath flew to Narsinghpur to be part of the programme.
“The completion of the religious trek is unprecedented. I salute Singh, who is our collective pride. Let us learn from the tapasya and tyag (sacrifices and commitment) made during the yatra. If we’re able to replicate even five per cent of sacrifices and pains undertaken by Singh and his wife over the next six months, the results will be for all to see,” he said.
Even BJP leaders, including former Union minister Prahlad Patel and his brother Jalam Singh Patel, a state minister, were present at the Bramhand Ghat.When queried by the scribes about whether he would be Congress’s CM face, Singh said, “the decision on the CM face will be taken by the party’s national president Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi. No individual leader can take a call or demand it”. Singh was manking an indirect reference to Jyotiraditya Scindia’s calls for announcing the CM candidate.