Cong leaders opposed to Baljeet Yadav joining partyUpdated: Jul 15, 2018 22:32 IST
Hindustan Times, Alwar
Karan Singh.(HT PHOTO)
Entry of Baljeet Yadav, a local politician from Behror in Alwar, in Congress has set the cat among the pigeons as several party leaders, including Alwar MP Dr Karan Singh Yadav, are opposing it.
Baljeet Yadav, who fought the 2013 Assembly election as an Independent candidate and was the runner-up with 36,000 votes, is popular among the youth in Behror. He joined the Congress on July 8 in Nagar (Bharatpur).
When Karan Singh Yadav learnt about his entry, he expressed his opposition and told Jitendra Singh, former union minister and Alwar MP, that the move will adversely affect the party. Yadav said if required, he will take the issue to party president Rahul Gandhi.
“He (Jitendra Singh) takes undue advantage of his closeness to Rahul Gandhi,” Karan Singh Yadav said.
Jitendra Singh said that the decision to induct Baljeet Yadav was taken during the Alwar Lok Sabha by-elections in February. Karan Singh Yadav was on board with the decision but now he is taking a U-turn succumbing to local pressure, Singh added.
Karan Singh Yadav, on the other hand, denied agreeing to the decision at any time. “I protested the decision during the bypoll also and said his inclusion to the party can damage our chances of winning the by-election,” he said. Karan Singh Yadav said he has spoken to AICC general secretary in charge of Rajasthan Avinash Pandey and state PCC president Sachin Pilot about Baljeet Yadav’s entry.
District Congress president Tikaram Jully said the decision to include Baljeet Yadav into the party was of the high commands. Jully said the inclusion was with the nod of AICC state secretary Devendra Yadav. However, Devendra Yadav denied this, saying the AICC has nothing to do with such decisions. “It is a decision made by the DCC,” he added.
It is surprising that no one in Alwar Congress is ready to take credit for Baljeet’s entry to the party even as anti-Jitendra Singh lobby is united against the decision.
Meanwhile, Baljeet said local Congress leaders were insecure because of his performance in last assembly election, making him the obvious choice for ticket from Behror.
First Published: Jul 15, 2018 22:32 IST