Kalyan Singh may be back in BJP next week

Singh may join the party either at Delhi or at Debai in Bulandshahar,where his son Rajvir had lost the Assembly election earlier this year,a BJP leader said.

Written by Lalmani Verma | Lucknow | Published: October 12, 2012 3:52:42 am

Singh may join the party either at Delhi or at Debai in Bulandshahar,where his son Rajvir had lost the Assembly election earlier this year,a BJP leader said

Former UP Chief Minister Kalyan Singh is likely to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) during Navratri next week.

Sources in BJP said the decks for his home-coming have been cleared,the only hitch is the inauspicious ‘pitrapaksha’ which will be over on Monday. Singh may join the party either at Delhi or at Debai in Bulandshahar,where his son Rajvir had lost the Assembly election earlier this year,a BJP leader said.

After a meeting of his Jan Kranti Party (Rashtravadi) last week,Singh had announced that a decision about his return to the BJP would be taken soon. Party workers had authorised his son to take the final decision. Sources said that party workers,in that meeting,had asked Singh to join any party except Congress,Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party — which left only the BJP.

Asked whether he had made up his mind,Rajvir said: “Nothing has been decided as yet.” However,sources said neither BJP nor the Kalyan Singh camp wanted to make an announcement in the ‘pitrapaksha’.

A BJP leader said that Delhi may be selected as the venue as Singh was BJP’s national vice-president when he left the party in January 2009.

“Debai could also be selected as the venue because the ongoing Uma Bharti-led Ganga Samagra Yatra is reaching there on October 18. Uma had favoured Singh’s return to the BJP,” said a party leader. Sources said that BJP is keen to bring back Singh in the party as a pro-Hinduva OBC face in Uttar Pradesh ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

BJP leaders are hopeful that his presence could help the party in winning 10-odd Lok Sabha seats. A BJP leader said that party national secretaries Santosh Gangwar and Ashok Pradhan had lost in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections in Bareilly and Bulandshahr constituencies,as Singh had campaigned against them.

In Bareilly,Congress candidate Praveen Singh Aron had won with 31 per cent votes whereas six-time MP Santosh Gangwar had got 29.99 per cent votes. Singh supported SP candidate Bhagwat Sharan Gangwar,who had secured 10.42 per cent votes.

Similarly,Singh had left the BJP and campaigned in favour of SP candidate in Bulandshahar when BJP ignored his opinion and gave the ticket to Ashok Pradhan there. Bulandshahr has more than two lakh votes of Singh’s Lodh Rajput community.

Other constituencies which have substantial population of Lodhs include Etah,Firozabad,Bareilly,Badaun,Aligarh,Kannauj,Kanpur,and Hamirpur.

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