In a major blow to BJP ahead of the Lok Sabha elections,former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh on Tuesday quit the party resigning from all its posts alleging that he was “humiliated and insulted” in the organisation.
“I have quit BJP for life. I was feeling suffocated. It was my political blunder to have rejoined the party”,said the party Vice President,who was once the Hindutva face of the BJP in Uttar Pradesh during the Ayodhya movement and was the Chief Minister at the time of demolition of the Babri Masjid in December 1992.
Spitting venom on the BJP,the 76-year-old leader belonging to the backward Lodh community,claimed that the saffron party would not get more than five out of the 80 Lok Sabha 80 seats in Uttar Pradesh. The BJP had won 10 seats in Lok Sabha in the last elections.
Singh has been sulking for long complaining that he has been ignored in the affairs of Uttar Pradesh,from where the party chief Rajnath Singh also hails. He met Mulayam Singh Yadav in New Delhi on Sunday following which the SP leader offered a Lok Sabha to Kalyan’s son Rajveer Singh in the coming Lok Sabha elections.
This is for the second time Singh,who was chief minister twice,has left the BJP. He left the party for the first time in December 1999 and returned to it in January,2004 before the Lok Sabha elections.
He,however,gave broad hints that his future politics could be in tandem with Yadav and could even think of contesting the Lok Sabha polls from Etah. He ruled out floating a new party or joining any other party.
In his letter to Rajnath Singh and L K Advani,Kalyan Singh said he has returned the Etah seat to which he was nominated by BJP for the coming elections.
He accused the party,which had won 60 seats at the height of the Ayodhya movement in Uttar Pradesh,of sidelining mass leaders like him,Uma Bharati,Babulal Marandi and Madan Lal Khurana.
A prominent OBC leader of the BJP,Singh alleged that the saffron party has no love and affection for the backwards,which constitute more than 50 per cent population of the country.
Singh alleged that in a recent meeting of the BJP Core Group,it was decided to “show me the door”. “Now it will be difficult for the BJP to find its way (in Uttar Pradesh),” he said predicting the waterloo for top saffron leaders in the state.
Singling out former Union Minister Ashok Pradhan for criticism,he said that his only plea with the BJP leadership was to deny Pradhan renomination from Bulandshahar as he had been indulging in anti-party activities in the Assembly elections.
“But this small plea of mine was ignored by the party”,Singh said claiming that he had not interfered with the selection of candidates in the rest of the 79 seats in UP.
“When Advani rang up to inform me of Pradhan’s candidature on December 8 last,I told him thrice that I do not agree”,he said.