A DAY before Amit Shah arrives in Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s Amethi constituency, former party MLA Jang Bahadur Singh joined the BJP on Monday. Singh, who was a BSP MLA from 2003 to 2007 before joining Congress, said he was “saddened” by the policies of the party and felt “enthused by the development-oriented politics” of the BJP. “I have decided to join the BJP. The projects, which were started earlier, have virtually slowed down significantly, thereby, generating a sense of agony.
However, with the advent of Smriti Irani (Union Minister who had contested against Rahul in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls), there has been a visible shift,” he told mediapersons in Amethi.
“Despite having a government at the Centre for two terms (2004 to 2014), no significant step was taken to ensure development, and as a result Amethi became synonymous with bad roads… Congress indulged in ignoring its workers, while on the other hand, Smriti Irani, despite losing the elections, showed inclination towards development and also showed honour towards the workers. This prompted me to join the BJP,” he added.
Singh joined BJP in the presence of party state co-in charge Sunil Ojha and district president Uma Shanker Pandey. Union Minister Smriti Irani, who reached Amethi on Monday ahead of the BJP national president’s visit, skipped the event.
As a BSP nominee, Singh had won a bypoll from Gauriga...