Former BJP president Rajnath Singh on Tuesday called on former Uttar Pradesh chief minister and estranged BJP leader Kalyan Singh at the latters residence in the capital,paving the way for his re-entry into the BJP.
When contacted,Rajnath,who remained closeted with Kalyan for about two hours,confirmed the meeting but refused to divulge details of his deliberations.
Sources close to the party leadership confided that while Kalyans formal re-entry is likely to be completed as early as next week,it will definitely happen before November 15. These sources said the party leadership had entrusted Rajnath with the task of holding final deliberations with Kalyan.
Earlier this month,while presiding over the meeting of senior leaders of the Jan Kranti Party (Rashtravadi) founded by him,Kalyan had indicated his willingness to return to the BJP. His party leaders had authorised his son and former UP minister,Rajvir Singh,to take a final call on the issue.
This will be the second homecoming for Kalyan,BJPs original Hindutva posterboy who is reported to have played an instrumental role in the demolition of Babri Masjid as the then Uttar Pradesh chief minister. He,however,fell out with senior party leader and then prime minister A B Vajpayee in 1999,and formed his own party.
Ahead of the 2004 Lok Sabha elections,Kalyan returned to the BJP fold and was appointed the partys national vice-president. But he again fell out with the BJP leadership over the issue of ticket distribution in the run-up to the 2009 Lok Sabha elections and parted ways.
In fact,during the last Lok Sabha elections,he closed ranks with Mulayam Singh Yadav and helped mobilise votes from his Lodh community for the Samajwadi Party. The SP,in turn,helped Kalyan get elected to the Lok Sabha as an independent candidate from Etah constituency.
But Mulayam distanced himself from Kalyan after the 2009 Lok Sabha elections,when he realised the alliance had an adverse effect on the SPs Muslim votes.
Since then,Kalyan has been on the fringes of national as well as state politics,with his son Rajvir losing the Assembly elections earlier this year.
The BJP,which also fared miserably in the UP Assembly elections,was looking to revive its old glory of Hindutva politics with the support of the backward class community in the politically crucial state. For this reason,the party was keen to get Kalyan back into the fold.