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N K Singh to join BJP today, says Nitish junked development
Former bureaucrat and outgoing Rajya Sabha member N K Singh quit the JD(U) on Friday and will join the BJP on Saturday. Singh told The Indian Express on Friday that he was disappointed at not being re-nominated to the Rajya Sabha, and especially “by the manner in which it (the denial of nomination) was done”.
Singh said the JD(U) had moved its focus away from development to survival following the split with the BJP. He said he had been a prime mover of the demand for special category status that Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has been aggressively pursuing with the central government, and could now see it being fulfilled by a likely NDA regime.
“I have resigned from the primary membership of JD(U), and have given detailed reasons in a letter to the Bihar chief minister. It is true that I was disappointed at not being re-nominated to the Rajya Sabha but I was more upset at the manner in which it was done, by being asked to contest the Lok Sabha election from Banka, which I declined. If Nitishji had wanted me to stand for Lok Sabha, he should have told me well in advance,” Singh said.
Former deputy chief minister and BJP legislature party leader Sushil Kumar Modi said: “N K Singh will join BJP at 3 pm tomorrow (Saturday) in Delhi. He has done a lot for national and international branding of Bihar with his intellectual inputs. He will surely be an asset to us.”
Asked if he was hopping to the BJP because the party appeared to be on the ascendant, Singh, whose younger brother Uday Singh is the BJP MP from Purnea, said: “I have worked as secretary to Prime Minister A B Vajpayee, and have been a member of the Planning Commission during NDA rule. I am one of the few leaders who has not attacked the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, directly or indirectly.”
Singh said Narendra Modi was very clear about fulfilling Bihar’s demand if the NDA came to power.
Without revealing details of his letter to Nitish, Singh said his association with the JD(U) was strong at the time the chief minister was taking huge development initiatives, which he had “frittered away post the NDA split, and focused on the strategy of survival”.
Asked what role he saw for himself in the BJP, Singh said: “Surely a role in the think tank, I guess. But I will join BJP without any condition”.