Former Samajwadi Party leader and veteran politician, Amar Singh, said on Saturday that he was not averse to joining the BJP. Singh, however, clarified that he had not received any invitation from the party.
Speaking to reporters, Singh said, “The BJP is a very big political party. I won’t say that I will not join the BJP if I get the chance, but who is giving me the chance? I haven’t sent them any request letter either.”
Showering praises on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the simplicity with which his mother and other family lived, Singh said that who could deny that Modi’s mother and close relatives “are still living like commoners and go to government hospitals for treatment.”
“The Congress abstained from the special session of Parliament convened for the launch of Goods and Services Tax only because Modi was going to make the announcement of the new tax regime,” he was quoted by PTI.
Singh also took a potshot at rebel JD (U) leader Sharad Yadav’s `Save Composite Culture’ campaign, asking whether Yadav didn’t notice any communal atmosphere in the country when he was the convener of the NDA during the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led regime.
Communalism and secularism have become a joke in today’s politics, he said.
He also praised the RSS chief, Mohan Bhagwat’s recent statement that the Sangh was committed to respect the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Babri Masjid case, calling it a “secular statement”.
This is not the first time Singh has praised Modi publicly. In the past he had termed the demonetisation announcement of the prime minister a courageous step adding that he was proud to have him as the country’s prime minister. In February this year, the Rajya Sabha MP had likened Modi to Lord Krishna.