Union minister of steel Birender Singh on Sunday chanted ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ slogan to prove his loyalty to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which he joined two years ago after quitting the Congress after an association of 40 years.
“Main do saal pehle Bharatiya Janata Party mein aaya aur ab is party ke kitne kareeb aa chuka hun, ye aapko isse pata chal jaega…Bharat Mata Ki Jai (I joined the BJP two years ago. You’ll know how close I’ve become to the party by this: Bharat Mata Ki Jai),” Birender said in front of BJP national president Amit Shah during the ‘Gaurav rally’ organised by him in his home district.
Praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Shah, he said, “Earlier, ministers from Haryana were inducted in the central cabinet after serving as chief minister of the state. I’m the first leader to become cabinet minister without being a chief minister. It’s all because of the PM party chief’s trust in me.”
The union minister also lashed out at the Congress and former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda. Talking about corruption, he said, “Hooda learnt it (ways of corruption) within three months while we couldn’t learn it in 30 years. He brought about selective development, in which too, he failed miserably.”
Listing out Haryana constituencies which Hooda allegedly ignored, Birender said the BJP government would work towards bringing them at par with those developed by Hooda and other leaders.
However, Shah later asked Birender to think of the entire country’s development being a Union minister.