New Delhi/ Bhopal, Nov 1:Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijay Singh on Thursday refuted media reports that said he got into a spat with senior Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia during a party meeting over ticket distribution."It is being wrongly reported in press that I and Jyotiraditya Scindhiaji had any argument and (Congress President) Rahulji had to intervene. All of us in Madhya Pradesh Congress are one and determined to defeat the corrupt BJP government," Singh tweeted.
Singh's clarification came after media reports claimed that Singh and Scindia got into a spat during a party Central Election Committee meeting that took place on Wednesday evening for the selection of candidates for the Madhya Pradesh Assembly polls.
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In a major embarrassment for the Congress before polls in Madhya Pradesh, senior leaders Digvijaya Singh and Jyotiraditya Scindia exchanged heated notes over ticket distribution in the presence of party chief Rahul Gandhi. Following the ugly spat, a committee has been constituted to overseen ticket distribution. Now, senior Congress leaders have been given the task of sorting out differences between party leaders from Madhya Pradesh over allotment of tickets for the assembly elections as talks at the central election committee meeting remained inconclusive, sources said on Thursday.While batting for their respective candidates, Scindia and Singh exchanged heated notes, the sources said. This forced Rahul Gandhi to ask senior party leaders Ahmed Patel, M Veerappa Moily and Ashok Gehlot to sit with the "warring" leaders and resolve the differences, they said.No Congress candidate has been announced for the state, which goes to polls on November 28. The process of nominations for Madhya Pradesh starts Friday with the issue of gazette notification.
Asked about the issue, AICC general secretary Gehlot denied reports of any differences between the leaders and claimed that the party leadership in Madhya Pradesh was united."There was no such fight between the leaders as reported in a section of the media. All the leaders in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan are united," he said.Gehlot said lengthy meetings of the CEC have taken place to ensure that the candidate selection process ends soon. "Long meetings are taking place to speed up the selection process for candidates," he said. Rahul Gandhi is "confused", and the Congress under him is "defused", the BJP said on Thursday amid reports that the party was witnessing intense infighting over ticket distribution for the upcoming Madhya Pradesh Assembly polls."Rahul is a confused President and under a confused President, the Congress is defused. The kind of infighting within the Congress...Digvijaya Singh (former Chief Minister) takes on Jyotiraditya Scindia (Congress MP) openly and that too in front of Rahul Gandhi," BJP Spokesperson Sambit Patra said at a press conference here.He said that Digvijaya Singh writing a letter to Sonia Gandhi saying he was not being heard in the party shows that the Congress has lost the battle in five states and it also shows that in 2019 the Congress and Rahul Gandhi are facing a debacle."The people of this country are not confused. They want strong government and not a weak government," he said."There is unease of administration in Congress. Rahul Gandhi, you are a confused leader and India needs clarity and the clarion call of the Prime Minister in making policies for this great country," Patra said.Rahul Gandhi had recently said during a campaign in Madhya Pradesh that Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's son's name was found in the Panama papers, a remark that he later attributed to his getting "confused" with Chhattisgarh CM's son.Patra said that there was confusion in Gandhi while the Prime Minister had a clarity in his policies and leadership."This is clarity versus confusion. There is clarity in policies and leadership of Modi. Rahul Gandhi is a self-declared confused person. The country always needs clarity and not the confused leadership," he said.On reports that the Centre had decided to take over the National Herald building, whose possession was taken by the Congress by allegedly violating the conditions on which the land was allotted, Patra said: "Whenever we see buildings of National Herald, be it in Delhi or state capitals, it seems that the Gandhi family has looted the nation. It is corruption of Rs 5,000 crore. Due to this scam, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi are on bail. The ease of loot of the Gandhi family is quite evident in the National Herald case," he said.Patra hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as India climbed 23 places to 77 in the World Bank's latest Ease of Doing Business rankings in the report for 2019.News24 Bureau with Agencies