Days before rally, Birender figures on hoardings with PM, BJP chief

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Rohtak
  • Updated: Aug 10, 2014 19:06 IST

Though disgruntled Congress Rajya Sabha member Birender Singh is yet to bid adieu to the grand old party, big posters and advertisement hoardings installed at Ucchana in Jind district on Sunday, in which he was seen sharing space with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP national chief Amit Shah, were sufficient to prove that he was set to part ways with Haryana's ruling party.

Birender Singh, a veteran leader from the Banger area, has been raising a political storm for the past one year by criticising chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda for "lopsided development and finishing the Congress" in Haryana by adopting pick-and-choose policy in terms of development and jobs.

Notably, BJP president Amit Shah has been scheduled to participate in a rally at Jind on August 16 in which Birender Singh, grandson of iconic leader Ch Chottu Ram, would be formally inducted into the saffron party. The rally was earlier scheduled in Kaithal on August18.

Ducking media questions on sharing advertisement space with the saffron party's top leadership, Birender Singh said the answer would come before public at the Jind rally, a day after the Independence Day.

Talking to HT recently, Birender Singh had termed his delay in quitting the Congress and preparing to join the BJP a tactical move.

Claiming more defection from the Congress, he said the Jind rally would be historic in a sense that several leaders from different parties would join the saffron party.

On advancing his earlier scheduled rally at Kaithal, he said Prime Minister Narendra Modi was scheduled to arrive at Kaithal on August 19, so holding two back-to-back programme in Kaithal district did not strike logic.

Birender Singh inaugurated an office of Yuva Shakti - Badlav Ki Aur, a youth organisation started by his supporters, in Rohtak on Sunday evening after attending a workers' meeting.

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