History-sheeter and former BSP MLA Chandrabhadra Singh alias Sonu Singh joined the BJP in Lucknow without much fanfare on Wednesday. Sonu took BJP membership in presence of partys state vice-president Haridwar Dubey at party headquarters here.
According to the initial planning,Sonu was to join the BJP in presence of former party president Nitin Gadkari and general secretary Varun Gandhi during the partys swabhiman rally in Sultanpur on Thursday. Sources said Varun raised objections and requested the partys national president Rajnath Singh to not allow Sonu on his stage during the Sultanpur rally. Following this,Sonu was asked to join the party today denying him a grand entry.
Even state party president Laxmikant Bajpai was not present at the time of Sonus joining the party.
Sources said that Rajnath had given consent for Sonus joining when both had met in Delhi about two weeks ago. Sonu himself is involved in the preparations of Thursdays rally.
Sonu and his brother Yashbhadra Singh alias Monu Singh were last in news in October 2010 when they were named in the murder of a government employee whose wife contested the election for village sarpanch against their candidate. Both are history-sheeters at Kurebhar police station in Sultanpur district.
Sonu had contested the 2012 Assembly polls from Sultanpur on the ticket of Peace Party after the BSP denied him ticket and Monu too,contested from Isauli as Peace Party nominee. Both lost the elections. Monu is currently head of Dhanpatganj block development committee.
Sonu had earlier won Assembly polls from Isauli in 2007 as SP candidate,but joined the BSP in June 2009. Sonu had then come out on parole from jail where he had been imprisoned in the case of murder of Sant Gyaneshwar. Sonu resigned his Assembly seat from Isauli,contested the by-election as a BSP candidate and again became an MLA. In September 2010,Sonu came out of jail after the court acquitted him and three others,including Monu,giving them benefit of doubt.