Madhya Pradesh polls: Snubbed senior BJP leader Sartaj Singh joins Congress, gets ticket

Senior BJP chief and aged Union minister Sartaj Singh Thursday switched over to the Congress after his title did now not resolve in the ruling social gathering’s 1/Three listing for the November 28 Madhya Pradesh Meeting polls.
Singh, two-time MLA from Seoni-Malwa who wept brazenly after the BJP snub, turn out to be straight named as the Congress’ nominee for the Hoshangabad Meeting seat in the opposition social gathering’s fifth listing comprising sixteen candidates.
Singh holds sway in the Hoshangabad living and had defeated boring Congress stalwart Arjun Singh from there in 1998.
“I am grateful to the Congress for nominating me from Hoshangabad. I had been with the saffron household for Fifty eight long years. The BJP denied me a label. I want to be during the folk so I am contesting elections,” Singh told PTI over phone.
“I don’t desire to sit down at house and confine myself to counting prayer beads,” he added.
With the fifth listing, launched Thursday evening, the Congress has now supplied names for 225 seats in the 230-member MP Meeting.
The Congress is yet to philosophize its contestants from Budhni (Sehore), Manpur (Dhar), Indore-2, Indore-5 and Jatara (Tikamgarh) seats.
Congress sources said the social gathering is on the lookout for a true candidate for Budhni to “confine” MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan there.
The BJP Thursday launched its 1/Three listing of 32 candidates, leaving fully six seats, in the 230-member MP House, for which no names had been declared to this level.
These are Seoni-Malwa, from which Singh turn out to be a sitting MLA, Panna, Lakhnadoun, Bhopal North, Mahidpur and Garoth.
Sitting amongst his supporters earlier Thursday, the Sikh chief tried to veil his tears by protecting his face for about a moments.
Exclaim BJP spokesperson Anil Soumitra, who had earlier in the day known as Singh’s teary response to his exclusion from the social gathering’s listing as “unbecoming”, later in the evening said the aged MLA’s exit would now not effort the BJP.
“Will the Congress workforce procure him? Is this pattern of nursing non-public political ambitions lawful? If he turn out to be one of these gigantic chief, why he did now not stir as an Self ample candidate,” Soumitra said.
Earlier in the day, asked for a commentary, Soumitra said,” The BJP has valued him immensely. The social gathering has made him Union minister, twice MP Minister, MP and MLA. What more does he desire? Reasonably than Vanaprashta (retirement in wooded space), he wants to preserve attach in Grihastha (household).”
Singh turn out to be earlier dropped as MP PWD minister along with impart House minister Babulal Gaur in June 2016 reportedly attributable to musty age.
Singh is the 1/Three powerful BJP chief to affix Congress after Sanjay Sharma and Padma Shukla.
Sharma turn out to be the sitting BJP MLA from Tendukhenda in Seoni district and has now been given a label from there by the Congress.
Shukla, who resigned as MP Social Welfare Board chief and quit the BJP, has received the Congress’ nomination from Vijayraghavgarh constituency in Katni district.
Besides, the Congress has made Sanjay Singh Masani, brother-in-law of MP CM Chouhan, its nominee from Waraseoni assembly seat in Balaghat district, at display camouflage represented by BJP’s Yogendra Nirmal.
A native of Maharashtra, Masani’s title figured on the fourth listing of 29 candidates launched Wednesday by the Congress.
In the intervening time, the Congress took a dig at the BJP over Sartaj Singh and said the ruling social gathering had a dependancy of treating senior leaders in one of these technique.
MP Congress spokesperson Bhupendra Gupta claimed that the BJP had “no admire” for elders and gave the example of social gathering patriarch LK Advani.