The senior Congress leader, Birender Singh, is set to part ways with the party to join the rival party. He has openly revolted against Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and was removed from the party’s working committee last month. Birender Singh charged Hooda with weakening the Congress.
He is now going to join BJP at a rally in Jind on Saturday, in the presence of BJP President Amit Shah. He met Shah in Delhi last month fueling speculation that he may switch over to the saffron camp.
Amit Shah is BJP’s newly-appointed president who will address a rally at Jind district on Saturday, this afternoon. He is also expected to announce the induction of senior Congress leader Birender Singh into the BJP. Yuva Shakti has organised this Jind rally, which is a youth organisation started by the supporters of Singh.
Congress is losing some of its prominent leaders and is undergoing crisis in Haryana as two of its former ministers Chattar Pal and Harsh Kumar and ex-MLA Raj Kumar Balmiki joined the reigning BJP at its Vijay Sankalp rally at Mahendergarh on Thursday.
There are some prominent leaders of Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) party also who switched their loyalty towards BJP. Former minister and MLA Balbir Singh Saini and former MLAs Phool Singh Kheri, Banta Ram Balmiki and Krishan Kumar switched over to BJP.
Amit Shah hits out at Congress and warned ally Haryana Janhit Congress Party President, Kuldeep Bishnoi, that their alliance cannot be taken for granted.
According to a party press release, Amit Shah has also appointed Nirmal Singh as the election campaign committee head for the state and Sat Sharma as its secretary. The effort is part of the party’s move to revamp its Jammy and Kashmir state unit in addition to preparing itself for the upcoming Assembly polls.
After taking over as a BJP President, on addressing his first major public rally on the occasion of flagging off the Vijay Sankalp Yatra, he slammed Congress for seeking explanations on progress made by two-month old Modi government and asked for the account of its 60 years of misrule.
Former Haryana Minister, Birender Singh lost the 2009 Assembly polls to former chief minister Om Prakash Chautala from Uchana Kalan area. He alleges that the Congress in Haryana is not the same party as it used to be as it has now become Hooda’s Congress. He also alleged that Hooda had centralised powers which was one of the reasons why Congress failed drastically in Lok Sabha polls, winning only one seat out of total ten Lok Sabha seats in the state.
Birender Singh said that he did demand that Hooda should be changed so that Congress’s prospects in the polls could improve but that did not happen; hence he decided not to contest future election on Congress symbol. He has openly been criticising Hooda from several platforms for alleged lopsided development.
Singh has still yet to bid adieu to congress officially but meanwhile the big advertisement hoardings and posters have been erected at Uchana town in Jind district where he is seen sharing space with PM Narendra Modi and Amit Shah.