BJP leader Jaswant Singh's son Manvendra Singh to join Congress
Updated:  Oct 16, 2018, 03:00 PM
Manvendra Singh son of BJP's veteran leader Jaswant Singh had decided to join Congress before the assembly elections in Rajasthan. The sign was given months back when MLA Manvendra Singh announced to quit the BJP in his ‘Swabhiman Rally’ held in Barmer last month where he had said “Kamal ka phool, badi bhool”.
Sachin Pilot, Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee President told, “Manvendra Singh is joining the Congress in New Delhi tomorrow.” Manvendra Singh along with his wife Chitra Singh is likely to join Congress.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said that the decision will not have any repercussions on the party’s possibilities in western Rajasthan. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Rajendra Rathore told reporters, “It is a politically wrong decision of Manvendra Singh which will have no impact on the BJP. Rajput votes have been with the BJP and will remain with us.”
In 2013 assembly polls, Manvendra Singh won as a BJP candidate from the Sheo assembly constituency of Barmer district. Then in 2014, his father Jaswant Singh was denied ticket by the party in Lok Sabha elections following which he (Jaswant Singh) contested elections as an independent candidate and lost the seat to BJP’s Sonaram. Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje backed Sonaram who had joined the party from the Congress at that time.
Vasundhara Raje's decision of not allowing Jaswant Singh to contest the 2014 Lok Sabha polls angered the Rajput community that held her responsible for ignoring Jaswant Singh for an “outsider” Sonaram. There was outrage among his supporters who rallied after Manvendra Singh making it an issue of their ‘swabhiman’
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