Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and independent MP Kalyan Singh on Tuesday launched a political party again, ending speculation about his return to the Bharatiya Janata Party.
The new political outfit will be called the Jan Kranti Party (JKP) with his son Rajvir Singh “Raju” as its national president.
The father will be its patron.
Kalyan Singh announced this at a press conference at his residence on Tuesday. He said on the advice of his supporters he had taken the decision to float a party and not join any existing one.
Singh said he and his son would soon tour all districts in the state to gear up for the assembly polls in 2012.
“Now, all this should end speculation, which might be doing the rounds about me,” he said.
After leaving the BJP in 1999, Kalyan had formed the Rashtriya Kranti Party. He came back to the BJP in 2004, but left again in 2009.
After his bonhomie with Mulayam Singh Yadav was over in November, he said he was proud of the BJP’s ideology, fuelling rumours about his return.
Kalyan soon withdrew from the venue, saying that Rajvir Singh will take all other questions. Before leaving, he told journalists that he along with his family members and supporters would visit Ayodhya (eastern UP) on January 6.
Rajvir Singh said Hindutva, nationalism, social justice, and making the right to work a fundamental right would be the cornerstone of his new party’s ideology.
He said a party structure would be created through election in the next three months. The youth would get priority in the organisation and also in the selection of candidates for the assembly polls, he added.
On the BJP, he said, “I have been told not to comment on dead people and so I will make no comment about the BJP.”