As the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) handed a surprising loss to the Congress party in Madhya Pradesh on Thursday, the biggest blow perhaps came in the form of Jyotiraditya Scindia’s defeat in his den –Guna, which his family has been winning since the independence.
The defeat definitely signed the AICC general secretary Scindia as it was served by his old aide and a trusted lieutenant Dr. Krishna Pal Singh Yadav, who hails from Ashoknagar district. Yadav had even worked as Scindia’s Member of Parliament-representative before he parted ways with the ‘Maharaja’ ahead of 2018 assembly polls over the denial of a ticket from Mungaoli. Pictures of the friend who turned to foes have gone viral ever since Yadav pipped Scindia in Gun in the Lok Sabha elections.
Yadav, an Ayurvedic physician by profession hails from Ashoknagar where his father Raghuveer Singh Yadav was a Congress leader and a four-time district panchayat president on four occasions. And that's not all, these two have a family past as well. Raghuveer Singh was also a close aide of the late Madhav Rao Scindia, Jyotiraditya’s father.
By virtue of this friendship, Yadav too had harbored a close bond with the Scindias since early on. Their association continued all the way till 2018 when Scindia reportedly asked Yadav to contest the by-poll from Mungaoli. Things, however, took an ugly turn after the party backtracked on their proposal asking Yadav to halt his electoral plans.
It is also believed that Yadav had once been reprimanded by Scindia following which a rift was created between the two. This is said to have led to their separation in January 2018.
Yadav ended up polling 6,14,049 votes, while Scindia only managed 4,88,500 votes and lost out with a margin of 1,25,549 votes. This is the Scindia family’s first-ever defeat in Guna since the state of Madhya Pradesh came into being in 1957.