Sanjay Singh Masani, brother-in-law of Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chahuhan, joined the Congress on Saturday and said that the state needs the party chief Kamal Nath not Chouhan as the CM.

Brother of Chouhan’s wife Sadhana, Masani, was formally inducted into the party in the presence of Madhya Pradesh Congress chief Kamal Nath.

Another senior state leader Jyotiraditya Scindia was also present at the event.

“Madhya Pradesh does not need Shivraj but Nath (Congress leader Kamal Nath). We all know how Chhindwara has been developed and is identified with Kamal Nath. The state also needs to be identified with him,” Masani said. Kamal Nath represents Chhindwara in the Lok Sabha.

Masani was said to be peeved at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for denying him a ticket for the Assembly polls. Reportedly, he wanted to contest from Waraseoni in Balaghat district from where the BJP has fielded sitting MLA Yogendra Nirmal.

“BJP is now all about dynasty and nepotism. Most of the candidates fielded by BJP are sons and daughters of MLAs or MPs. Those who work for the party are being neglected for the sake of dynasty politics,” he said.

While he lashed out at the BJP for ignoring “kaamdars” (those who toil) at the cost of “naamdars” (big names), he said he should not be projected as a family member of Chouhan but only as his relative.

“My name is Sanjay Singh Masani. My family lineage and ‘gotra’ are different,” he said.

Kamal Nath told reporters that all sections of society are affected by Chouhan’s misrule, and the decision of Masani to join the Congress is a reflection of people’s wish to chart a new course of development in the state, he said.

The BJP has been in power in the state since 2003.

The 230-member Madhya Pradesh Assembly will have a single phase polling on November 28.

 

(With agency inputs)