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HindustanTimes Sun,28 Dec 2014

Strong contender for CM post even after quitting Cong: Birender

Vishal Joshi, Hindustan Times  Karnal, August 12, 2014
First Published: 20:15 IST(12/8/2014) | Last Updated: 07:46 IST(13/8/2014)

Rebel Congress leader and Rajya Sabha member from Haryana, Birender Singh, who is tipped to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at a political function at his hometown, Jind, on Saturday, has said he was not averse to stake claim to become the next chief minister.

Speaking in Karnal on Tuesday to garner support for the forthcoming political function being organised by Yuva Shakti Sangh, an apolitical organisation, which would be attended by BJP national president Amit Shah, Birender Singh said his followers would soon have “achhe din”

During a media interaction at Jat Dharamshala, the veteran Congress leader said he was in the politics to cherish a dream to his supporters of leading the state.

“Mein rajniti mein ghas khodne thode hi aaya hoon. Mai picchle 23 saalon se chief minister banna chata hoon. Log bhi sochte hain ke Birender baaten to badi badi karta hai, ek baar ise bhi aazma kar dekh lete hain,” Singh said, while clarifying that he was yet to make his mind on joining any other party after quitting the Congress.

“BJP wale Jind rally ko thermometer ki tarah laga kar dekhenge ki Birender me kitni taqat hai. Rajniti mein agar supporters ki taqat hai tabhi koi puchta hai,” he said at the workers’ meeting and urged his supporters to make the event a big success.

Taking on his cousin and political bête noire, chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Singh dared him to contest elections from his (Birender Singh’s) home turf.

He charged Hooda for belittling the Congress to save political interests of his son and his coterie.

“I am not an opportunist but I was insulted and humiliated by certain Congressmen with narrow minds. During the UPA-2 regime, I was tipped to be railway minister but at the eleventh hour, Hooda played petty games and I was denied the central portfolio. I was even given passes by the President House for the oath-taking ceremony,” he said, while charging Hooda with lopsided development.

Quoting the massive political movement in the late 70s led by late Jai Prakash Narayan aka JP, Singh asked the youth to unite and work hard to bring a political change in Haryana.

“During the JP movement, the mathadheesh of the then Congress were shown the door. Leaders like Indira Gandhi, her son Sanjay Gandhi and the then chief minister of Haryana Bansi Lal were defeated and it was a rejection of the policies of nepotism and autocratic rule by the people who were at the helm at that time in the Congress. I fear that the Congress would meet a similar fate in Haryana, which the party had experienced in Bihar, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu as the state leadership of the Congress routed the party completely,” he said.

Bishnoi should be realistic

Birender Singh advised Haryana Janhit Congress president Kuldeep Bishnoi to be realistic on the seat-sharing adjustment with its ally the BJP in Haryana.

Clarifying that he was not a party to the alliance but as a political observer he opined that the BJP-HJC alliance should remain intact.

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