New Delhi: Manvendra Singh, son of veteran Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Jaswant Singh, is set to join the Congress party tomorrow on October 17. 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 - PM Modi Releases Rs 100 Coin in Honour of Vijaya Raje Scindia, Know All About The Jana Sangh Stalwart
Sources in the Congress party said that the grand-old party may give a significant role to Manvendra Singh ahead of the Rajasthan Assembly Elections 2018 and considering his appeal among Rajputs, especially in western Rajasthan. Also Read - Former Union Minister Jaswant Singh Passes Away; PM Modi, Rajnath Express Grief
While addressing the “self-respect” rally in his constituency, Singh said, “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 further said that he’s running out of patience and now is the time to speak up. Also Read - Rajasthan Political Drama: BJP Vice President Vasundhara Raje Calls on Governor Ahead of Assembly Session
Manvendra Singh had earlier referred to the BJP’s betrayal when it had denied veteran leader Jaswant Singh a ticket to contest the 2014 General Elections from Barmer. Jaswant Singh then contested as an independent candidate but lost amid the Narendra Modi wave in the state. Manvendra Singh believes that Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje is one of those who sidelined his father.