Just some days earlier than India’s much-awaited Meeting elections in India’s northern state Uttar Pradesh (UP), a politician switched camps and brought about a large stir.
As soon as a star campaigner of India’s opposition social gathering Indian Nationwide Congress in UP, Ratanjit Pratap Narain Singh not too long ago joined Bharatiya Janata Occasion (BJP) – the ruling social gathering within the state and the nation.
His transfer was a large setback to Congress, which is wanting ahead to reviving itself within the state by profitable extra seats than earlier elections.
In Uttar Pradesh, Congress has remained out of energy for 3 a long time and solely managed seven seats within the 403-member state Meeting in 2017.
RPN Singh, who’s a distinguished determine within the politics of jap UP, was named as a “star campaigner” by the Congress social gathering.
He resigned in a dramatic manner as he posted his resignation to social gathering chief Sonia Gandhi on Twitter. He wrote within the caption: “At present, at a time, we’re celebrating the formation of our nice Republic, I start a brand new chapter in my political journey. Jai Hind.”
RPN Singh, popularly often known as ‘Raja Saheb of Padrauna’ (a scion of the royal household from Padrauna), turned youth Congress President of Uttar Pradesh in 1997 and AICC Secretary in 2003.
Singh was elected to Lok Sabha in 2009 as he was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Kushinagar constituency within the fifteenth Lok Sabha from 2009 to 2014.
The transfer would possibly favour BJP to a big extent because the social gathering is attempting to compensate the vacuum of a ‘kurmi’ chief (OBC in jap Uttar Pradesh) after Swami Prasad Mourya’s current exit from the social gathering.
Reviews have additionally acknowledged that the Yogi Adityanath authorities could area Singh from Padrauna Meeting constituency beneath Kushi Nagar district, the seat he represented thrice from 1996 to 2007.
Singh had defeated Maurya from Kushinagar within the 2009 Lok Sabha polls. Nonetheless, Singh misplaced each the 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha elections from Kushinagar.
Then again, Maurya, who’s the sitting MLA of the Vidhan Sabha not too long ago joined the Samajwadi Occasion (SP) – a celebration gunning to win the upcoming polls within the management of Akhilesh Yadav.
For the unversed, within the 2017 UP Meeting polls, Maurya had gained the constituency for BJP. If he fights towards RPN Singh from the Padrauna constituency, it will likely be a battle to be careful for.
After resigning, Singh additional mentioned, “This can be a new starting for me and I stay up for my contribution to nation-building beneath the visionary management & steerage of the Honourable Prime Minister Shri @narendramodi, BJP president Shri @JPNadda ji & Honourable Residence Minister @AmitShah ji.”
Additionally, it is very important be aware that Singh has undoubtedly spiced up the battle in a small metropolis in UP, however his change won’t affect the narratives pan-UP.
However quitting the social gathering is an enormous blow as a result of he was thought of near Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi who’re going through conflicts inside the social gathering as some large names have joined different camps in recent times – akin to Jyotiraditya Scindia.
RPN Singh, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Jitin Prasada, Sachin Pilot have been as soon as thought of important faces within the youth congress. Lately, Prasada additionally give up.
(With inputs from companies)