Rajasthan election: BJP veteran Jaswant Singh’s son Manvendra Singh joins Congress ahead of polls

By: | Updated: October 17, 2018 2:04 PM

Son of ailing BJP stalwart Jaswant Singh, Manvendra Singh said that Congress President welcomed him to the party during the meeting they had in the morning.

Manvendra Singh met Rahul Gandhi at the latter’s residence in New Delhi, putting an end to speculations doing the rounds over him parting ways with the BJP. (File)

Son of ailing BJP stalwart Jaswant Singh, Manvendra Singh, today joined the Congress party after meeting party President Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi. Singh said that Gandhi welcomed him to the party during the meeting they had in the morning. He exuded confidence that his supporters will continue to support him.

Singh met Gandhi at the latter’s residence in New Delhi, putting an end to speculations doing the rounds over him parting ways with the BJP.

Singh met the Congress President in presence of Congress leaders including former Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot, Sachin Pilot, Avinash Pande and Randeep Surjewala.

Earlier, BJP leader Rajendra Rathore had said that Singh’s exit will have no effect in Barmer-Jaisalmer belt of poll-bound Rajasthan.

On the other hand, Congress leaders asserted that the move will help bring Rajput votes to the party in the upcoming Rajasthan Assembly elections.

Meanwhile, union minister and BJP MP from Jaipur rural seat in Rajasthan, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said it was Manvendra Singh’s decision to join Congress party. He recollected that Manvendra’s father, Jaswant Singh, spent his entire life fighting with Congress and BJP gave him respect as Finance and Defence Minister. He also attacked Congress party, saying, it is the same party that didn’t appoint any Rajput from Rajasthan as minister in the Centre in 70 years.

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