Home News Reports Rajasthan: Electorate will send 'turncoat' Manavendra Singh back to where he belongs, says Vasundhara Raje's son

Rajasthan: Electorate will send ‘turncoat’ Manavendra Singh back to where he belongs, says Vasundhara Raje’s son

Manavendra Singh, son of former BJP leader Jaswant Singh, was with BJP till September when he quit the party and joined Congress.

Calling Congress’ Manvendra Singh a ‘turncoat’, BJP’s Jhalawar MP and Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje’s son Dushyant Singh on Sunday said that the Congress candidate from Jhalrapatan has been “parachuted” to the constituency and the electorate will send him back to where he belongs.

Dushyant Singh who has been spearheading his mother’s campaign in Jhalawar, Rajasthan said in an interview with PTI, Raje has worked really hard in the constituency and the development work done by her has been “phenomenal”. Speaking about the transformational changes the district of Jhalawar and Baran have experienced in the last 30 years he furthered that, “For her (Raje), the electorate is her family and the family is actually campaigning for her, it is not Mrs Raje.”

He went on to criticise Manvendra Singh by adding that “He has been parachuted by the Congress president (Rahul Gandhi). When the Congress president was here a few months back, he had said on stage, in Jhalawar especially, that he will not field any parachute candidates in Rajasthan.

- Ad - - article resumes -

“But he has put a paratrooper here, our family, the electorate, is ensuring that we send him back to where he belongs,” the 45-year-old leader said.

Manvendra Singh, son of former BJP leader Jaswant Singh, was pitted against Raje just weeks after crossing over from the BJP to the Congress.

Congress’ decision to field Singh against Raje irked the Chief Minister who while addressing the public after filing her nomination papers in Jhalawar district had said, “The Congress could not find any candidate and he (Manvendra Singh) was to be given ticket from somewhere and therefore, he was sent here (Jhalrapatan).”

Miffed with the Congress’ strategy she had said, “But they should know that it is not a fight of one person, this is a contest fought by Jhalawar and Rajasthan, which is a family.”

Congress President Rahul Gandhi during his speech in poll-bound Rajasthan, in August, had promised that the party will not allow any ‘parachute candidates’ to contest the elections. But contrary to his claim, the first list of Congress’ candidates for the Rajasthan assembly elections had the names of six such candidates with former BJP leader Manvendra Singh getting a ticket to contest from Jhalawar district which is predominantly Vasundhara Raje’s key domain.

Asked if the “outsider” tag given to Manvendra Singh was a poll issue, Dushyant Singh replied, “his (Manvendra Singh’s) family has moved from district to district, so it is part of his culture.” He further alleged that since they have never been associated with one particular place for very long they have not contributed to the development of any place.

On being asked whether Rajput votes could split with both candidates being from the same community, Dushyant Singh said: “My grandmother was a Kshatriya, my mother is a Rajput. My mother believes in all communities, unlike her opponent. All 36 communities are voting for the chief minister.”

Raje has been representing Jhalrapatan seat in the House of 200 assembly seats since 2003.

Manvendra Singh, son of rebel leader Jaswant Singh, formerly with the BJP, quit the BJP in September and joined the Congress in October. Singh was being allegedly sidelined within the ruling party, reportedly because of Raje’s feud with his father Jaswant Singh, who was denied a BJP ticket in the last Lok Sabha polls.

Apart from Manvendra Singh the other ‘parachute candidates’ which the Congress have fielded are, former BJP MP Harish Meena, who had switched over to the Congress on November 14, has been fielded from Deoli Uniara, Habib Ur Rehman from Nagaur, Sona Devi Bavari from Raisinghnagar and Khanhaiya Lal Jhawar from Bikaner East seat. Former IPS officer Sawai Singh Godara has been fielded from Khinvsar seat.

With Rajasthan going into polls on December 7, it would be interesting to see whether Congress’ attempt to cast a parachute candidate formally from the same party would go in the party’s favour or would turn out to be a major blooper, costing the party a hefty price.

Help Opindia Reach Every Indian. Share This Post
We need your support to survive in the media industry. Please consider paying us for the content we produce:

To know more about these payments, please click here.


Big Story

BJP leader P K Krishnadas had alleged that the campus was an SFI stronghold and that the principal was denying the ABVP members the right to carry out their organisation's work.

2019 World Cup Is Here!

Catch the latest on Cricket World Cup as it unfolds, special coverage by Opindia

Proud to be a brand - Made in India?
Now, Advertise on Opindia

Omar Abdullah comes in support of Imran Khan who was not given official welcome on arrival in US

Khan's humiliation seems to have affected former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah who sprung to his defence
Sushma Swaraj shuts down trolls

Former EAM Sushma Swaraj shuts down a troll, Irfan Khan, who wishes death upon her

Sushma Swaraj was condoling death of former Delhi BJP President when troll insinuated that she too will die soon.

Netizens ‘express concern’ over Priyanka Chopra’s asthma after a picture where she is smoking cigarette went viral on social media

Twitter users even dug up Chopra's own old tweet condemning smoking where she had claimed she does not smoke. While things could change with time so do personal preferences, the hypocrisy is quite baffling.
Islamic extremism

Two youths, Shekhar and Basant forced to chant religious slogans by a mob that showed them Tabrez Ansari’s video, stabbed when refused

As Shekhar and Basant refused to raise religious slogans, the angry men reportedly stabbed them with knives.

Mangalore: Mohammad Ansari rapes a cow by tying its limbs, villagers catch him in the act, arrested

The villagers also made Ansari touch cow’s feet and ask for forgiveness for raping her. However, when Ansari approached the calf, the animal freaked out and started running.

Mangaluru villagers caught Mohammad Ansari raping a calf, police arrests villagers for ‘hurting religious beliefs’

In the Kunjathbail village in Mangaluru, Mohammad Ansari was caught red-handed by the villagers while he was raping a calf.

Here are 15 famous quotes from Harsha Bhogle during his commentary stint

The famous Indian commentator, Harsha Bhogle, born on July 19 in Hyderabad is celebrating his 58th birthday today.
Couple forced out of village; husband pressurised to accept wife’s religion

Hindu boy’s family forced out of village for marrying Muslim girl, police advices boy to convert as villagers threaten to kill

Newlywed Hindu boy and Muslim girl approach SSP for protection as villagers threaten to kill them and local police ask the boy to convert

US snubs Pak PM Imran Khan, welcomed by low-key US officials on his maiden visit, escorted to the terminal in a bus

No Limo for Pak PM as he arrives in the US on his maiden visit, takes a bus to the terminal from the aircraft.

Class nine student beaten by senior students for protesting ‘Allah Hu Akbar’ during National Anthem singing in school

When a Hindu student protested allah hu akbar chants during national anthem in school, he was badly thrashed by Muslim students
Subscribe to Day's Top Stories
- Advertisment -

Latest articles

Connect with us

173,701FansLike
159,909FollowersFollow
74,910SubscribersSubscribe
Help Opindia Reach Every Indian. Share This Post