Influenced by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s drive against VIP culture and ideology of transparency in system, national general secretary of Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) Baba Hardeo Singh is set to join Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) soon.
Baba Hardeo has already met Kejriwal several times in the past, and is in touch with other AAP leaders including Kumar Vishwas.
Talking to The Indian Express, Baba Hardeo Singh confirmed that he may soon join AAP. He added that he knew Kejriwal when he was posted as Ghaziabad municipal commissioner in 1996-97.
RLD president Ajit Singh had appointed Baba Hardeo Singh as the party’s national general secretary in June 2013.
He was, earlier, appointed as party state president in February 2011.
He had contested Assembly polls from Agra’s Etmadpur in 2012, but lost. He resigned from the post of the state president in September 2012, stating he was not able to discharge his duties owing to certain ideological reasons.
Baba Hardeo, who retired as Provincial Civil Service (PCS) officer in 2007, was also the president of UP PCS association from 2000 to 2007.
Even after his elevation as national general secretary, Baba Hardeo remained inactive in the party and hardly participated in party programmes.
“As I was not much active in the party and did not attend party events, there is no need for me to send any formal resignation to RLD head,” he said.
Giving reasons for his move to join AAP, he said he is not unhappy with RLD leaders, but was unable to work freely despite holding the post of national general secretary. “I am a person of independent ideology and felt that I was not able to execute my responsibilities freely here,” he said.
He also said money power was dominating elections and votes arebeing purchased. He added he found AAP the only party promoting public power and its steps for redressal of public grievances were appreciable.
“AAP has tried to restore transparency and honesty in the system, which is the need of the hour,” he said.
Baba Hardev, who wrote a book ‘’Why bureaucracy becomes corrupt,” said VIP culture causes inconvenience to public when traffic movement is stopped for passage of VIP’s vehicles.