Noted Punjabi singer Hans Raj Hans, who had been in Congress since February 20 this year, on Saturday joined BJP in the presence of party president Amit Shah in New Delhi, saying it was like “coming home”. Rumours about the sufi singer joining BJP had been doing rounds for the past few days. A few months ago, amid speculation that he was joining the Aam Adami Party (AAP), Hans had said he would remain in Congress.
Talking to The Indian Express from Delhi on phone on Saturday, Hans said, “I have joined BJP in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah.” Asked if he would contest in the forthcoming Punjab Assembly elections, he said it would be decided by either Modi or Shah. “I have made it clear 150 times that I am not after any ticket,” he said.
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Asked why he quit Congress, he said, “Congress vich dil ni lagga… I decided to return home.” “I will always have a great and deep regard for Captain Saab (Amarinder Singh), but cannot say the same for other Congress leaders,” he said. Hans was brought into Congress reportedly with promise of a Rajya Sabha seat, but his name was dropped at the 11th hour in favour of former Punjab Congress chief Shamsher Singh Dullo.
Hans had then called it a “rude joke” with the Valimiki community to which he belongs and had said the sentiments of lakhs of people of his community were hurt. “The Valmiki community, which is extremely poor and neglected, has been in depression for the past five decades as there is no one to represent them. If I have prepared myself for bringing them out of this, what is wrong in it,” he said. Earlier, Hans had contested the 2009 Lok Sabha polls from Jalandhar on a SAD ticket. In 2014, SAD fielded Pawan Kumar Teenu, MLA from Adampur, in his place.