Manvendra Singh, the son of BJP stalwart Jaswant Singh and a lawmaker in Rajasthan, joined the Congress today and soon after, called it a “difficult decision” that he had thought over for a long time. “I asked my family – and father too, though there was no response,” the 54-year-old said. His father Jaswant Singh, 80, one of the founder members of the BJP has been in the coma since 2014 when he suffered a fall.
Manvendra Singh quit the BJP on September 22, describing his disenchantment with the party at a public rally with the phrase: “Kamal Ka Phool, Hamaari Bhool” (lotus (BJP) was my mistake). He said after the death of former prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, his father’s contemporary in the party, “there is an end of an idea and culture I was born into.”
The Congress hopes to encash on the disillusionment as it welcomes Manvendra Singh in the run-up to the December 7 assembly election. Rajputs impact about 50 of the state’s 200 seats and hold 26 of them.