Hours after Congress heavyweight RPN Singh had tendered his resignation to Sonia Gandhi, party leaders began claiming on Tuesday (January 25) that Singh was working in cahoots with the BJP for the past 1 year to weaken the Congress.
While speaking about the matter, Jharkhand MLA Irfan Ansari said, “RPN Singh came to Jharkhand to decimate the Congress. Our leaders did not understand this conspiracy initially. He was a BJP/RSS-minded person from the very start…A false king…He has betrayed us. Take my word. He will be a member even in NJP for some time.”
Ansari claimed that Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi did not agree to a meeting with him, even once in the past 3 years. He informed that the central Congress leadership had complete faith in RPN Singh due to which the State unit could not convey the ‘reality’ to it. He also alleged that RPN Singh sold his Lok Sabha seat and Ministry for money.
“He had done a lot of things. RPN Singh had made the Congress party weak from within. We are very happy today. It is good that he left the party on his own. The truth is now out for the public to see”, Irfan concluded.
Similar claims were made by other Congress leaders. Jharkhand MP (Barkagaon) Amba Prasad had tweeted, “For the past 1 year, Singh was conspiring along with the BJP to destabilise the Congress-JMM government in Jharkhand. We had notified the party leadership on several occasions. Every true Congressman is happy after he has defected to the BJP.”
Singh was the in-charge of the Congress party in the State of Jharkhand. While sharing his resignation letter the Congress leader had tweeted: “Today, at a time, we are celebrating the formation of our great Republic, I begin a new chapter in my political journey. Jai Hind.”
Interestingly, a day earlier on January 24, his name was featured on the list of Congress’ 30 ‘Star campaigners’ for the first phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2022, which is scheduled to begin on February 10. This raises critical questions about the Congress leadership, which seems to be ignorant to the contentious claims made by Jharkhand Congress MLAs Amba Prasad and Irfan Ansari.
Indian politics: RPN Singh quits the Congress a day after being listed as a star campaigner for Uttar Pradesh: pic.twitter.com/9SMR40Nk0L— Shiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) January 25, 2022
RPN Singh joins BJP, might contest UP Polls against Swami Prasad Maurya
Following his resignation from Congress, RPN Singh defected to the BJP. While speaking to ANI, he informed, “I have joined BJP after being influenced by PM Narendra Modi’s work for nation-building. As a BJP worker, I will work to the best of my abilities for contributing to the nation-building
I have joined BJP after being influenced by PM Narendra Modi’s work for nation-building. As a BJP worker, I will work to the best of my abilities for contributing to the nation-building: RPN Singh on being asked about his role in BJP pic.twitter.com/AAOPCdPLdX— ANI (@ANI) January 25, 2022
He had met BJP President JP Nadda, Minister for Home Affairs Amit Shah, Uttar Pradesh CM at BJP Headquarters in the National Capital.
RPN Singh, who quit Congress & joined BJP today, met BJP chief JP Nadda, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, and Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath at the party headquarters in Delhi pic.twitter.com/S71FCjh1nF— ANI (@ANI) January 25, 2022