Fresh blow to Congress as Sanjay Sinh quits party, resigns as Rajya Sabha MP; to join BJP tomorrow

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Updated: Jul 30, 2019 3:28 PM

Sanjay Sinh comes from Amethi royal family. He was a Congress' Rajya Sabha MP from Assam. Sinh is likely to join the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Sanjay Sinh resign, Congress MPCongress Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Sinh resigns from House and party. He was a member of the Upper House from Assam.

The Congress party suffered a fresh blow on Tuesday with Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Sinh tendering his resignation as a member of the Upper House, news agency ANI reported. Singh was a Rajya Sabha MP from Assam and was elected to the Upper House in April 2014. His tenure was slated to expire in 2020.

Speaking to reporters later, Sinh informed that he also resigned from the Congress and will join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday.

“Congress is still in the past, unaware of the future. Today, country is with PM Modi and if the country is with him, I am with him. I will join BJP tomorrow (Wednesday). I have resigned from the party, as well as my membership of Rajya Sabha,” he told reporters.

Sinh hails from the Amethi royal family. He was twice elected to the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly during the 1980s and held ministerial posts. In 1990, he became a member of the Rajya Sabha and in 1998 he was elected to the Lok Sabha from Amethi. In 2009, he was again elected to the Lok Sabha from Sultanpur. He was a Minister of State in the PV Narasimha Rao government. Sinh had been considered a close associate of the Nehru-Gandhi family.

Sinh is the son of Raja Rananjay Singh. He married his first wife Garima Singh in 1973, with whom he has a son and two daughters. The couple divorced in March 1995. Sinh then married Ameeta Singh in April 1995 and adopted her daughter from her previous marriage.

His first wife Garima is a BJP leader. She is a member of the UP Legislative Assembly. She had won the Assembly polls from Amethi seat in 2017.

Earlier this month, Samajwadi Party’s Rajya Sabha MP Neeraj Shekhar, son of late PM Chandra Shekhar, had resigned from the both Rajya Sabha and the party and moved to the BJP.

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