Party gayi tel lene, says Rahul Gandhi's close aide

The Congress party, it seems, does not need rivals to show it in poor light: some of its own members are doing a pretty good job of it.

Jitu Patwari with Rahul Gandhi

A video that has recently emerged on social media shows Jitu Patwari, a Congress MLA from Rau in Madhya Pradesh, saying: “Aap ko meri laaj rakhni hai. Party (Congress) gayi tel lene. (You just help maintain my reputation. The Congress can take a hike).”

Patwari, a close aide of Congress president Rahul Gandhi, made this remark while canvassing for votes. Last year, Rahul rode pillion on Patwari’s bike in Mandsaur during his tour to the state and had been detained by the police.

Patwari’s remark bolsters the perception that the Congress is a faction-ridden house in the poll-bound Madhya Pradesh. There are several camps in the state Congress, each led by Jyotiraditya Scindia, Kamal Nath, Digvijay Singh and others. Each one these groups reportedly only interested in its own success, putting party priorities aside.

The internal conflict in the Congress is one of the major reasons behind the party’s dismal performance in the state in the last three Assembly elections.

Madhya Pradesh goes to poll on November 28. Results will be declared on December 11.

Meanwhile, Twitter users have begun trending #CongressGayiTelLene to mock the MLA for his flagrant disregard of the party and to take potshots at the Congress.