LAST UPDATED: May 24, 2019, 4:55 p.m.
New Delhi, May 24: In the mother of all ironies, Congress' Maharaja has been defeated by a man who used to stand in line to have a selfie with his Maharaja Scindia. We are talking here about Jyotiraditya Scindia who has been humiliated by a BJP commoner KP Yadav.
It will be the first time that Lok Sabha will be without a member from the Scindia family from erstwhile Gwalior state. Even more humiliating for the Scindias is the defeat of a scion at the hands of former humble worker of the Congress and old fan of Jyotiraditya Scindia, Krishnapal Yadav.
In Scindia's den Guna, Krishna Pal Yadav is the new Maharaja. Interestingly, Yadav was Scindia's junior in school who went on to join Congress. He later became close to Scindia. But in the last by-polls he felt being ignored and left Congress to join BJP.
KP is a doctor by profession, and his family has been closely associated with Congress. His father was the district president of the Congress in Ashoknagar.
Immediately after he was announced as BJP candidate, his alleged selfie went viral. In the picture, Yadav is seen trying to get clicked with Scindia who is sitting in car. Reportedly the photo was leaked by Scindia's wife Priyadarshini Scindia. The photo was reportedly captioned: "KP Yadav, who had always seen in line for taking selfie with Maharaja, has been chosen by the BJP as candidate".
As luck would have have it, KP made Scindia a commoner in elections.
The loss is embarrassing not only for Scindia, but for Congress too as Jyotiraditya was party's lead face in 2019.
Scindia won from the Guna constituency in the 2014. He belongs to the former princely state of Gwalior.
The 48-year-old has become a key face in the new guard of Congress, bringing in the youth factor. Rahul Gandhi refers to him as "Jyotir" and considers him a trusted adviser.
He entered politics in 2001 and joined the Congress after the death of his father Madhavrao Scindia in a plane crash.
Jyotiraditya Scindia was made in charge of the Congress in western Uttar Pradesh in January this year.In 1980, Vijayaraje Scindia lost to former PM Indira Gandhi in Rae Bareli. Though his father, Madhavrao, did not lose a poll, Jyotiraditya’s aunt and former Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje lost once from Bhind.
Jyotiraditya’s grandmother and a founding member of the Bharatiya Jan Sangh, BJP’s precursor, Vijayaraje retained the seat till she retired from politics.
Her son Madhavrao shifted to Guna once he started losing his grip on Gwalior. He went on to represent it till his demise in 2001. Jyotiraditya won the bypoll and has been representing it since.
News24 Bureau with Agencies
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