Advising the Bharatiya Janata Party to make a wise decision for the Haryana chief minister’s post, former finance minister Birender Singh, who joined the saffron party before the assembly polls, has said winning the state elections was one challenge but who is installed at the coveted post would decide the future of the BJP in Haryana.
Birender Singh stated this on Monday while paying tributes to iconic Jat leader late Sir Chhotu Ram at Jat Education Society Complex. He was accompanied by his wife Prem Lata, who has been elected to the assembly from Uchana Kalan segment.
Singh had called off his more than four decades of association with the Congress for sidelining him and joined the BJP before the assembly elections.
Responding to a media query if he still harbours the desire to be chief minister, Singh said being a politician everyone should aspire for this post, but the decision will be entirely taken by the central parliamentary board of the BJP.
Indirectly hinting that the chief minister should come from a dominant caste (Jat), he said winning the Haryana polls was one part of the BJP’s success, but if it aspires to become a replacement of the Congress it should pick the CM candidate wisely, as it would mean a lot for the party in future.
Training guns at Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who resigned from the chief minister’s post on Sunday, Birender Singh said the Congress’ rout was impending as Hooda had reduced it to be its fiefdom in Haryana and youths of the state were looking for a viable alternative, which the BJP gave them.
Prem Lata said if the BJP central leadership decides on the name of Birender Singh as the next chief minister of Haryana, she will not waste a second to resign from Uchana Kalan to pave way for her husband entry in the Vidhan Sabha.