Updated: September 24, 2021 5:53:55 am
Written by Sukbir Siwach, Pavneet Chadha
Sending a clear message to his opponents and detractors who he claimed were writing obituaries of his political career, Gurgaon MP Rao Inderjit Singh Thursday said that he will continue to fight elections and had no plans of retiring soon. He also made a case for continuing a dialogue with agitating farmers saying in Haryana, BJP and its leaders are now confined to small pocket in “our area (Ahirwal)”.
“Some people have been opining that I should retire. I have given it thought and decided that I have no plans to retire. Why should I? I am physically fit, mentally alert…I have no blood pressure issues, I don’t suffer any seizures. I can run as fast as a 50-year-old,” said Singh.
The five-time MP from Gurgaon was speaking at a ‘Shaheedi Diwas Samaroh’ at village Patauda in Jhajjar, to mark the martyrdom of Ahirwal king Rao Tula Ram. The rally, held in Jat bastion, had been billed as a show of strength as Rao Inderjit Singh projects that he has a strong support base outside Ahirwal region. It comes a month after union cabinet minister Bhupendra Yadav had held Jan Ashirwad Yatra in Ahirwal regions, sparking speculations of a change of guard within party’s state unit in South Haryana.
Haryana BJP President Om Prakash Dhankar, Rohtak MP Dr Arvind Sharma, Bhiwani-Mahenderagarh MP Dharambir Singh, Sonipat MP Ramesh Chander Kaushik, Rajya Sabha MP D P Vats and several MLAs from Haryana attended the event.
Taking a dig at his political opponents and recent developments, Singh said that he had learnt that there were two ways to enter politics and become a leader [neta]. “Either the party ‘parachutes’ a leader or the public supports you from the bottom. I am proud of the fact that I have come up from bottom with support of the people,” adding that despite winning nine elections, he had still not become a neta.
Suggesting his rivals to take care of their health, he said, “Elections are scheduled in three years. So, take care of your health. And if you do beat me, then you can dance, but it is premature to that right now.”
Paying tribute to the martyrs on the occasion, Singh made a case for continuing a dialogue with agitating farmers.
“If a farmer’s son was not standing guard at the border to safeguard our country…if we do not respect their sacrifices, then Pakistan, China and Taliban will defeat us. We will raise voice for a separate Ahir regiment and we will also speak to farmers. There is a need to talk to them,” he said.
Mentioning the party’s underwhelming performance in last Assembly elections in haryana and hinting that Ahirwal region should have more representation in the state, Singh said, “There was a slogan ‘ab ki baar 75 paar’. Then why were we limited to 40 seats? Some internal bickering and anti party activities had contributed to a loss of some seats. he Jaichands of our party were behind this defeat… but they were even awarded. The vote share of the party reduced to half after Lok Sabha elections. We also thought that we don’t need to work hard and we will sit at home and win. I want to ask will we be limited to Ahirwal or move towards Panipat?”
There were voices of “no” from the crowd when Rao asked: “Were we awarded in proportion to our contribution?”
“Aaj BJP aur unke neta thode se chhetar me simat kar rah gaye hain. Hamare wal chhetar ke andhar. (Today BJP and its leaders are restricted to a few pockets in our area (Ahirwal). We will make efforts for formation of Ahir Regiment and we will say, hold talks with farmers too. (Otherwise), bat nahi banegi (we will not succeed)”, he added.
Reiterating that he had been in politics for over four decades, he said that he had been rewarded because he raised the voice of the people. “I have been a MP five times and MLA four times. If I was wrong, would people elect me again and again? This is the reason people say to this day that you and even your daughter should fight elections, but party decides these matters,” he said.
His daughter, Arti Singh Rao, had earlier said during the rally that she would fight elections. “The place and circumstances will be decided at an appropriate time,” she said.
Calling himself a ‘wazir’ of the Modi government, Rao Inderjit said that he did not want anything from the party. “As history can testify, I do not bite the hand that feeds me. People may think he is addressing a rally to demand something. I am here on stage today only to pay tribute to the martyrs. The only thing that is non-negotiable is my respect,” he said.
“People say I am from a (Raja shahi) dynast family, but our raja shahi was taken away by the British. In today’s time, if anyone says so, it means they only have love for me and my family in their heart.”
He also rubbished allegations of corruption related to leasing of land of Ahir college, saying that, “People are saying I will profit from sale of land after 30 years. Will I live for 30 years? I have plenty of my own land.”
Six MLAs, including two ministers of Khattar government Banwari Lal and Om Prakash Yadav, had run an extensive campaign to make the event successful. Four MPs – Arvind Sharma (Rohtak), Dharambir Singh (Bhiwani-Mahenderagarh), Ramesh Chander Kaushik (Sonipat) and D P Vats (Rajya Sabha) — also attended the function. Haryana BJP president Om Prakash Dhankar was also present.
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