Even as Bharatiya Janata Party state president Vasundhara Raje brought up the Gujjar reservation issue during the latest leg of her Suraj Sankalp Yatra, caste leader Kirori Singh Bainsla has ruled out any explicit alliance with the BJP during the Assembly elections scheduled for later this year.
Talking to The Hindu here on Tuesday, Col. Bainsla said he did not have any plans to ally with the BJP at the moment.
“As of now, I am waiting and watching,” he said.
“I am in talks with various leaders and groups and an alliance would depend on whoever responds to my calls,” he said.
On Sunday, the Gujjar leader had met former BJP president Nitin Gadkari here fuelling speculation about his ambitions to rejoin the party.
“It was just a courtesy visit,” he said.
Col. Bainsla had joined the BJP in 2009 and had contested the last general elections from the Tonk-Sawai Madhopur Parliamentary seat on a BJP ticket.
He had lost to Congress leader Namo Narayan Meena by a narrow margin.
A year later, he quit the BJP only two months after being inducted into the party's national executive as a special appointee.