Manvendra Singh, son of Jaswant Singh, joins Congress

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Rajasthan CPC Chairman Sachin Pilot said Manvendra Singh would join Congress in the presence of Party Chairman Rahul Gandhi in Delhi.

Jaswant Singh, who held important ministries at the Center, left the BJP to run as an independent Barmer in the 2014 general election, but lost. (Photo: facebook / ManvendraSingh.Officiel)

STRONG POINTS

  • Singh to join Congress in the presence of party chairman Rahul Gandhi in Delhi
  • Rajput leaders in Congress helped bring Singh to Congress
  • BJP warned Singh not to fall for Congress and urged him to rethink his decision

Manvendra Singh, son of veteran Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Jaswant Singh, the BJP last month joined Congress on Wednesday.

Rajasthan CPC Chairman Sachin Pilot said Singh would join Congress in the presence of Party Chairman Rahul Gandhi in Delhi.

Jaswant Singh, who has been in a coma for four years now, quit the BJP to run as a freelance Barmer in the 2014 general election. The BJP denied him a ticket, although his son Manvendra received a ticket to contest the legislative elections in December 2013 which he had won.

As a politician, the BJP denied provincial deputies for the first time a ministerial position, which meant that Manvendra Singh was not appointed minister. Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje appointed him president of the Rajasthan Football Association.

Rajput leaders in Congress, like Jitendra Singh, were instrumental in Singh’s arrival in Congress. Some of the Rajputs were angry with the treatment inflicted on Jaswant Singh, and Congress hoped to capitalize on this angst by inducting Manvendra.

It is speculated that Singh could run in the general election in Jodhpur while his wife Chitra Singh could receive a ticket from the Shiv constituency that Singh currently represents.

Pilot told India Today TV that Congress has been good for the Rajputs and that Singh is welcome to join the party. But insiders say Singh’s induction will not be appreciated by the elders and also by the Jats.

The BJP warned Singh not to fall into the trap set by Congress and urged him to rethink his decision.

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