Gurgaon MP Rao Inderjit Singh is all set to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in an official ceremony on February 13 at the BJP headquarters on Ashoka Road.
The decision was taken at a crucial meeting held in New Delhi on Tuesday. BJP president Rajnath Singh, senior leaders Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley, Haryana BJP president Jagdish Mukhi and Gurgaon BJP leader Ram Vilas Sharma attended the meeting. Rao Inderjit Singh was also present.
Confirming the news at a press conference in Gurgaon, Sharma said, “Rao Inderjit Singh and the BJP have the same motto — to address issues of South Haryana and support Narendra Modi to become the Prime Minister. For the past one year, we have been supporting his Insaaf Manch forum. He will be joining the BJP in a formal ceremony on February 13.”
Sources in the Gurgaon BJP said in an hour-long meeting at Rajnath Singh’s house, Rao Inderjit Singh accepted the decision to join the party “without any terms and conditions”.
G L Sharma, spokesperson of Insaaf Manch, also confirmed the news. “We are happy to be associated with the BJP and, hopefully, the step will help improve the present situation in Haryana. Yeh jo BJP ki taraf se mohar lagayi gayi hain, yeh Haryana ke liye uchit hai,” he told mediapersons, adding that the Gurgaon MP would be making a formal announcement on January 22.
In March 2013, Singh had floated his own apolitical manch. Last September, at a rally in Rewari, Singh officially announced his exit from the Congress.