In a huge setback to the BJP in the poll-bound Rajasthan as Manvendra Singh joined the Congress party on Wednesday. Before officially joining the party at the Congress headquarter at 24 Akbar Road in Delhi, Singh also met Rahul Gandhi. Singh is the son of veteran BJP leader Jaswant Singh, who had served in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government as a union minister.
Singh said, “I met Rahul Gandhi in the morning today and he welcomed me into the Party. I have confidence that my supporters will continue to support me.”
Taking a potshot at the incumbent chief minister of Rajasthan, Vasundhara Raje, state Congress president Sachin Pilot had had earlier said that the BJP ought to do some introspection because people who worked for the BJP for decades were now ‘feeling suffocated.’
Singh, also an MLA, joining the Congress assumes significance as the party feels he will bring the crucial Rajput votes away from the BJP in the coming elections.
The Election Commission had last week announced the poll dates for the three states. While Madhya Pradesh will go to polls on 28 November, Chhattisgarh will have two-phase elections. The first phase of polling will take place on 12 November, while the remaining 72 seats in the northern Chhattisgarh will see elections on 20 November.
As for Rajasthan, elections here will take place on 7 December along with Telangana.