- Singh, who resigned from the Congress today, said joining the BJP was a new beginning for him.
- RPN Singh was till now serving as the national spokesperson and in-charge of Jharkhand in the Congress.
- RPN Singh also met BJP President JP Nadda and Union Minister Amit Shah.
New Delhi: Former Union Minister and senior Congress leader RPN Singh joined the Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday. Singh, who resigned from the Congress today, said joining the BJP was a new beginning for him. Singh left the Congress, Union Minister and Uttar Pradesh election in-charge Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, Union Minister Anurag Thakur, both Deputy Chief Ministers of Uttar Pradesh Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma and BJP State President Swatantra Dev Singh joined BJP at the BJP headquarters. In the presence of Singh took the membership of the party.
‘All I can say is that it is late, come right’
Explaining the reason for his disillusionment with Congress and joining BJP, RPN Singh said, “For 32 years, I lived honestly in a party. Worked diligently. But the party in which I stayed for so many years is no longer that party, nor is it the thought from where I started. Many people used to tell me that you should go to the Bharatiya Janata Party. Thought for a long time, all I can say is that it is too late. He said that in the capacity of a small worker, whatever effort will be made to fulfill the dreams of Prime Minister Modi, I will definitely do it.
Singh’s departure is a big setback for Congress
Singh had earlier said in a tweet, “Looking forward to make my contribution to nation building under the visionary leadership and guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP National President JP Nadda, Home Minister Amit Shah.” Till now he was serving the responsibility of national spokesperson and in-charge of Jharkhand in Congress. Earlier, Singh also met BJP President JP Nadda and Union Minister Amit Shah. RPN Singh joining the BJP is being seen as a big setback for the Congress amid the campaigning campaign in view of the assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh.
Singh was feeling isolated in Congress
RPN Singh, who was a member of the Council of Ministers of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, was being speculated about leaving the Congress for some time. He felt isolated in the Congress. The full name of RPN Singh, who belongs to the Padrauna royal family of Kushinagar district, is Kunwar Ratanjit Pratap Narayan Singh. He had won from Padrauna assembly constituency in 1996, 2002 and 2007 on a Congress ticket. After this, he became an MP by winning the 2009 Lok Sabha elections from Kushinagar and took over the responsibility of Minister of State for Home in the United Progressive Alliance government led by Manmohan Singh.
Singh sent resignation to Sonia Gandhi
After his victory in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, Singh had to face continuous defeat in every election. Before joining the BJP, Singh shared a copy of his resignation letter to Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Twitter and said, “Today, as the entire nation celebrates Republic Day, I am beginning a new chapter in my political life.” Jai Hind.’ Resigning from the primary membership of the party, he said, “I thank you (Sonia) for providing me an opportunity to serve the nation, the people and the party.”
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