JKP scheduled to merge with BJP at Lucknow rally on Jan. 21
With the Jan Kranti Party set to merge with the Bharatiya Janata Party, the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Kalyan Singh, is expected to delay his return to his parent party — owing to technical issues over his Lok Sabha membership — and is unlikely to rejoin the BJP here on January 21.
Kalyan Singh’s son, former Minister and JKP president Rajveer Singh, other leaders and workers alone will join the BJP at a rally to be addressed by BJP president Nitin Gadkari.
According to BJP sources, Mr. Kalyan Singh could land in trouble if a petition seeking his disqualification from the House were to be made to the Lok Sabha Speaker during the merging of the parties.
There was a possibility of him returning to the party fold just before the 2014 Lok Sabha election, BJP sources said. Mr. Kalyan Singh himself indicated that he was not in a hurry to return, while talking to reporters at his residence.
The former BJP president, Rajnath Singh, on Saturday called on the JKP’s founder-leader at his residence to wish him on his 81st birthday.
Mr. Rajnath Singh, accompanied by a host of BJP leaders, including State unit chief Laxmikant Bajpai, said he had made the trip from Delhi, specially to greet Mr. Kalyan Singh on his birthday.
The former BJP chief said the party had gained from his leadership and he continued to support it.
Notwithstanding the timing of his return, the former BJP strongman has been interacting with senior party leaders. His meeting with Mr. Gadkari in New Delhi in December paved the way for his comeback into the saffron fold. On December 25 — the birthday of the former Prime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee — Mr. Kalyan Singh shared the platform with BJP leaders, including Lucknow MP Lalji Tandon, at a felicitation function here.
Ironically, when Mr. Singh first left the BJP in 1999, he had made Mr. Vajpayee the butt of his verbal attack.
He returned to the party before the 2007 U.P. Assembly elections and led the BJP’s charge as the ‘shadow’ Chief Minister. The BJP was routed and Mr. Singh once again severed his links with the party and rejoined forces with “old friend” and ally Mulayam Singh. He even attended the Samajwadi Party’s national executive in Agra and donned the red socialist cap.
This time round, it was the Samajwadi Party president’s turn to face the heat in the 2009 Lok Sabha election. Muslims, angered at the union, deserted Mr. Mulayam Singh and the shift benefited the Congress. After Mr. Mulayam Singh’s apology to the Muslims, Mr. Kalyan Singh ended his association with the former.
JKP founder left BJP in 1999, returned before 2007 polls, quit again soon after BJP leader Rajnath Singh pays Kalyan a visit on his 81st birthday
JKP founder left BJP in 1999, returned before 2007 polls, quit again soon after
BJP leader Rajnath Singh pays Kalyan a visit on his 81st birthday