Having quit the Congress after a 36-year long association this February, three-time MP Rao Inderjit Singh, now a BJP nominee from Gurgaon, says the Congress is a party where “private interest motivates public policy” and where everything happens as per “the wishes of a coterie”.
Speaking to the The Indian Express while campaigning in Gurgaon’s rural belts ahead of the April 10 election, Inderjit says, “The Congress used be a thought — a vichaardhara. It was for everybody — gareeb ka bhi tha, buzurg ka bhi tha, ameer ka bhi tha, Harijan ka bhi tha, Brahmin ka bhi tha. Yeh Congress ka culture tha, woh culture hi dilute ho gaya, khatam ho gaya. There is no grievance redressal mechanism left Aur wahan coterie ke hisaab se neeti banti hai. Private interest motivates public policy.”
Alleging that “you cannot get yourself heard with the powers that be” in the Congress, Inderjit says “they are so well ensconced that the common man’s voice is never heard”. “Those calling the shots are mostly Rajya Sabha guys who can’t even get elected as a sarpanch,” the 64-year-old Ahir leader adds.
After openly taking on Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda over his alleged bias against areas falling in his constituency, Gurgaon, Inderjit says he took the matter to the high command “numerous times” but the grievance redressal mechanism “had gone kaput”.
“That’s why, when I left the party, nobody said anything. They know they had done me in. Who has the guts to say that Inderjit Singh should be chucked out? I am the only one, I feel, in the political spectrum, who can prevent these guys from looting Haryana”.
Inderjit, who’s been rushing from one village to another holding short public meetings, is pitching his campaign on the BJP being the “only option”. “There is no doubt about it. At the national level, it is a party that has experience, has had a track record of governance in four, five states. The Congress has only set up puppets as chief ministers,” he says, adding the BJP’s presence in urban areas and his mass base in rural areas would clinch the contest for him. His “clean reputation” multiplied with the “Modi effect” will ensure victory, he says.
But, after electing him thrice to the Lok Sabha on a Congress ticket, will his voters reconcile with his switch to the BJP? Inderjit is quite confident they will. “When even the opposition was keeping quiet, I was the only one raising issues — land, masterplan, profiteering by builders, lack of infrastructure or lack of jobs. They now think I have gone to the right party, because this is the only alternative. So I only need to touch base with them and say I couldn’t come for the last five years because I had issues with the government. All I need to tell them is I could not come to you and get your work done because the government was not doing it,” he says.
“Aap mera beda sambhalo. Aap Modi bano, Rajnath Singh bano, Inderjit bano. Iss sarkar ko bedakhal karo aur BJP ko sthapit karo,” Inderjit tells his audience, asking them to assume responsibility on his behalf and take his message forward, fully conscious he’s racing against the clock in the run-up to D-day.