Manvendra Singh, Ex-BJP MLA considering to joining congress; leaves it on people’s will

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After announcing the decision to quit BJP on Saturday, Manvendra Singh, Ex- BJP MLA from Sheo constituency says that the option of joining Congress is open but it depends on the will of his people. Recently, Singh, son of Jaswant Singh, who was a former union minister from BJP, had taken out ‘Swabhimaan Rally’ at Pachpadra in Barmer district for the self-respect of people and declared his exit from BJP from the same pulpit. In an interview to Indian express he said, “I’m open to the idea, but as I said earlier, it is not my decision. It (where I go) is the people’s decision. The rally was completely crowd-managed, crowd-funded and crowd-led, attended by all volunteers.”

Although after the announcement of his exit, the crowd in the rally showed the preference of Congress. The former BJP MLA said that this is a sentiment that has grown over the years. His relationship with BJP hit a rough patch when his father was denied a ticket to contest Lok Sabha elections in 2014. Earlier in his rally he had mentioned that the PM had called him and was sorry for what had happened. He said that this is an internal conspiracy.

On relationship with Congress state unit chief Sachin Pilot, he said that they share a good equation as he has a close association with him and has been together in Parliament. He also praised Pilot’s work in the state. He further added that despite the loss of Congress in 2013 assembly election, Ashok Gehlot’s stature in the state remains unaffected.

Showing his disapproval for the current state government’s working style he said, “It’s not just a question of making bad administrative decisions. It is also a question of the sociology of governance, and sociology of governance has been very poor. Because politics should not always be only about politics, it should also be about social leadership, and social leadership has been seriously lacking.” He emphasized that the sociology of governance has been pathetic and blamed the government for pushing their agenda on education to create a future vote bank.

On being asked whether he would like to contest Lok Sabha elections, he said,” I never wanted to be an MLA. My first preference has always been to be in the Lok Sabha.” He also said that BJP has less chances of coming to power in the state. People are not happy with the government mainly because of poor governance, corruption and rising prices.


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