New Delhi: Veteran BJP leader Jaswant Singh‘s son Manvendra Singh is set to join the Congress party today ahead of the Rajasthan Assembly Elections 2018. Expressing his resentment for the saffron party with “Kamal ka phool, humari badi bhool” at a public rally in Barmer’s Pachpadra in Rajasthan, Manvendra Singh had quit the BJP on September 22. Also Read - Sonia Gandhi Laments Plight of Migrants Amid Lockdown, Accuses Centre of Turning Deaf Ears to Their Pain
Rajasthan’s Parliamentary Affairs Minister Rajendra Rathore claimed that Singh’s step to join the Congress will not impact the Rajput votes that have traditionally gone to the Bharatiya Janata Party. Also Read - 'Will Defeat Coronavirus Under CM Thackeray's Leadership': Maharashtra Minister Raut Slams Centre, BJP | Watch
Claiming that Singh’s decision is a political misstep, Rathore said that Manvendra Singh should have thought before switching sides. ”The Congress is helpless. Therefore it is adopting sidelined BJP leaders. It is his personal decision but this is a politically wrong decision. He is not going to get anything with this,” Rathore said. Also Read - '60 Flip-Flops in 60 Days': Congress Leader Sanjay Nirupam Targets Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray
”There will be no impact of this as the Rajput votes will remain with the BJP only,” he added.
The Congress party, on the other hand, said that the Rajputs are not satisfied with the Vasundhara Raje government in Rajasthan. “The Congress party is going to gain when Manvendra joins Congress. Sources in the party said that the Congress may give a significant role to Manvendra Singh ahead of the Rajasthan Assembly Elections 2018.
Last month, Manvendra Singh had quit the BJP saying “Kamal ka phool, Hamari badi bhool”. “There have been many rallies on Gaurav and Sankalp but today’s rally is the biggest — it is the rally for Swabhiman (self-respect). Swabhiman is our right and we are committed to it,” he had said.
Among the reasons for his decision to quit the BJP, one is said to be the BJP’s betrayal when it denied veteran leader Jaswant Singh a ticket to contest the 2014 General Elections from Barmer. After denial of the party nomination in 2014, Jaswant Singh contested the elections as an independent candidate but lost the seat to BJP’s Sonaram.
Earlier, when Manvendra Singh announced his departure, Pilot had said that BJP needs to do an introspection as to why so many senior leaders were the saffron fold.