In a statement which could complicate political equations in the faction-ridden Congress ahead of Madhya Pradesh assembly elections, Union Minister for Urban Development Kamal Nath on Sunday said Jyotiraditya Scindia would become the next Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh.
"When I visited Guna for the first time, Congress General Secretary Digvijaya Singh became a minister in Madhya Pradesh. Now, when I have come again, Union Minister of State for Energy (Independent Charge) Jyotiraditya Scindia would become the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh," Nath told reporters after a function.
Nath arrived in the city to inaugurate a power project and was accorded a warm welcome at Scindia's constituency. However, Nath later clarified that what he had said was merely his personal opinion, adding that normally, Chief Minister's post goes to a person as per party policies.
Jyotiraditya Scindia is likely to be next CM, says Kamal Nath
He also denied stating that he wanted to become Chief Minister of the state and added that he had merely answered in the affirmative, while responding to a query whether he would accept the post if it was offered to him.
He also alleged that rampant corruption by the sand and liquor mafia was flourishing under the leadership of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's BJP rule.
Addressing a function earlier, Nath said he wished that in the coming assembly polls, the Congress flag would fly in the MP Assembly and Scindia should hoist it in all constituencies, including Bhopal.