In an interesting turn of events, Ajay Singh Mankotia, brother of former Congress minister Vijai Singh Mankotia, on Saturday joined the Bharatiya Janata party here.
Welcoming him into the BJP, former industry minister Kishan Kapoor described Ajay Singh as a visionary person. A hotelier by profession, Ajay Singh has not been so active in the politics and was seen canvassing for his brother during elections only.
He has been the president of Indo-Tibetan Friendship Association, the organisation that works to strengthen harmonious relationship between the Indians and Tibetan living in Himachal and across the country, and enjoys a good rapport with the exiled community.
Speaking to the media, Ajay Singh said he always had a leaning towards the saffron party for its people-centric policies.
“BJP leaders like of Kishan Kapoor approached me and I agreed to join the party,” said Ajay Singh.
Ajay Singh said joining the BJP will not have any impact on the cordial relationship he shares with his elder brother.
Asked whether he will be seeking to contest election from Shahpur or Dharamsala in future, Ajay Singh said he was a beginner in the politics and will accept whatever role the party assigns to him.
Meanwhile, Vijai Singh Mankotia while commenting on the new development, said Ajay Singh is always a dear brother to him and his joining the rival party doesn’t mean that the family bond has broken.
“He had called me to inform me about his decision and I said he was free to choose his own path,” said Mankotia, adding that Indian democracy has so many examples of people from one family joining different political outfits.
“While Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul are Congress leaders, Maneka Gandhi and her son are in the BJP. Recently, Prime Minister’s Manmohan Singh’s stepbrother also joined BJP,” said Mankotia.