VK Singh agrees to share stage with INLD at Rewari
Former army chief VK Singh (retired) has agreed to attend the rally which will be organised by the main opposition party Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) in Rewari on November 1.chandigarh Updated: Oct 29, 2012 17:49 IST
Former army chief VK Singh (retired) has agreed to attend the rally which will be organised by the main opposition party Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) in Rewari on November 1.
His presence at the rally was announced by INLD supremo and former chief minister Om Parkash Chautala a fortnight ago at Jind, which surprised many as former army chief was maintaining a safe distance from political parties since his retirement from defence services.
INLD is organising a massive rally in Rewari to pay tributes to former deputy prime minister Ch Devi Lal on Thursday.
Earlier, the former army chief had given a strong message about his intention to fight against tainted politicians, when he shared stage with social activist Anna Hazare in support of Jan Lokpal bill.
The ex-army chief hit national headlines over his age row and kicked controversies after bringing out several inadequacies of the Army in public domain at the time of his retirement.
In order to show solidarity with farmers, he visited Fatehabad on July 30 for opposing the nuclear power plant at Gorakhpur village of the district.
During an interview with HT, former army chief had said that he would not stick to one platform to fight graft issue, but would use every opportunity coming his way.
On the issue of joining politics, he had maintained that he would make his entry into politics only when he deems fit and would depend on when people call him for it.
Talking to Hindustan Times over phone, VK Singh admitted that he has received an invitation from INLD for joining the rally.
He said, "My attendance at Rewari rally should not be linked with anything related to politics. Had it been any political party's programme, I wouldn't have said yes, but this rally is about paying tributes to the mass leader and former deputy prime minister Devi Lal."
He said, his visit was not for the INLD, but for Ch Devi Lal only. Among others who would be present in the rally include Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, NDA convener and JDU chief Sharad Yadav and Telgu Desham parliamentary party leader Nama Nageswara Rao.