Jyotiraditya Scindia gets Civil Aviation, once headed by his Father

Jyotiraditya Scindia has been appointed Civil Aviation Minister. His father, Madhavrao Scindia, had served because the civil aviation minister within the PV Narasimha Rao authorities. Mr Scindia joined the government on Wednesday in a reboot of the Union cabinet in which 36 new ministers including these two joined the government and seven got promoted.

“I express my gratitude to all the senior leaders for giving me this opportunity. I will try to keep intact the belief that they have shown in me,” Mr Scindia said on Wednesday. Born in 1971 and educated in Harvard and Stanford institutions, Mr Scindia has traversed a long way after contesting his first election as a Congress candidate in 2002, a by-election in Guna Lok Sabha constituency, which was held after his father and former Civil Aviation Minister Madhavrao Scindia died in a plane crash. Mr Scindia, 50, resigned from the Congress and joined the BJP in March 2020 and his move triggered a chain of events that finally culminated in the collapse of the Kamal Nath government in Madhya Pradesh just 15 months after its formation, paving the way for the BJP to take power in the state.