General V.K. Singh to join BJP

February 28, 2014 03:07 am | Updated December 04, 2021 11:25 pm IST - NEW DELHI

General V.K. Singh

General V.K. Singh

Former Army chief General V.K. Singh is all set to join the Bharatiya Janata Party. After his association with Anna Hazare’s India Against Corruption in the recent past, Gen. Singh appears to have made up his mind to take the plunge and join the BJP, a few weeks ahead of the coming Lok Sabha polls.

BJP sources said the former Army chief is likely to join the party here on Saturday. Gen. Singh who has earlier shared the stage with the party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi at an ex-servicemen’s rally in Rewari in Haryana is reported to have met the BJP chief Rajnath Singh recently.

He is likely to be considered for a ticket from Rajasthan. “He has shown an inclination to contest from there. There is a fair chance that the party will consider him as a contestant,” party sources said.

Gen. Singh had caused a flutter when he revealed that he was offered Rs. 14 crore as bribe to clear the purchase of vehicles for the forces. He was also locked in a legal tussle with the Defence Ministry over a row regarding his age. He retired as Army Chief in mid-2012.

The BJP has seen former bureaucrats, including former Home Secretary R.K. Singh and former diplomat Hardeep Puri, coming into its fold in the past few weeks.

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