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Ex-Congress Haryana leader Kuldeep Bishnoi joins BJP, says Modi 'best' PM

Former Haryana Congress leader Kuldeep Bishnoi joined the BJP along with his wife Renuka Bishnoi here in the presence of senior party leaders, including state Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar

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Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Kuldeep Singh Bishnoi (Photo: Wikipedia)
Kuldeep Singh Bishnoi (Photo: Wikipedia)

Former leader Kuldeep Bishnoi joined the on Thursday along with his wife Renuka Bishnoi here in the presence of senior party leaders, including state Chief Minister .

An MLA for four terms and MP for two terms, Bishnoi lauded as the "best" Indian prime minister and praised Khattar for keeping a "spotless" reputation despite being chief minister for over eight years.

He was expelled by the for voting for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Rajya Sabha polls and had resigned from the Assembly on Wednesday ahead of starting his new political innings. His wife is also a former MLA.

Inducting him into the party, Khattar noted that the couple's young son is also in and said the welcomes the family. He said Kuldeep Bishnoi (52) also mentors an association of the Bishnoi community which has sizeable presence in Rajasthan as well, and added his presence in the will strengthen it in and the neighbouring state.

He noted that Bishnoi has been supporting Modi's leadership and had backed the BJP during the recent Rajya Sabha polls despite being a MLA. It was a close contest and he fulfilled his assurance of voting for our candidate, Khattar said.

"He has joined the BJP today, and I hope the BJP will also begin growing inside him very soon," the chief minister said of the former ally who had snapped his Haryana Janhit Party's three-year old ties during the 2014 state assembly polls. Kuldeep Bishnoi had then accused the party of going back on its "promise" of projecting him as the chief ministerial candidate. He had later merged his party with the Congress.

Bishnoi is son of former Haryana chief minister Bhajan Lal, a crafty politician credited with building the non-Jat vote bank, now seen to be affiliated largely with the BJP.

Speaking to reporters, he noted that he and his associates were part of the BJP-led campaign to make Modi prime minister during the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. There were some differences later but there was no bitterness, he said.

Lauding Modi as a "great prime minister", Bishnoi said it would not be wrong to describe him as "India's best prime minister" who always thinks about the country and the poor's welfare. He met BJP president J P Nadda after joining the party.

Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, too, attended the joining ceremony in which some state MLAs were also present besides a good number of Bishnoi's supporters.

Haryana BJP president Om Prakash Dhankar praised Bishnoi's work and claimed that more and more people in the Congress' state unit will find it difficult to remain in the party working in a stifling work culture.

Bishnoi and all those who have joined the BJP with him will be given responsibility according to their seniority, Dhankar said.

Bishnoi claimed that he had joined with no condition and only wanted respect for him and those with him.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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First Published: Thu, August 04 2022. 15:07 IST
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