Rumours rife as Bharatpur Cong MLA set to greet Raje

Jaipur, Aug 11 : Nobody is a friend or enemy in politics. And politicians follow this adage with singular-minded devotion.

So Bharatpur royal family scion and Deeg-Kumher legislator from Congress, Vishwendra Singh is all set to welcome Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje when she reaches Bharatpur on her second leg of the Rajasthan Gaurav Yatra next week.

This move of his has clearly sparked speculations of his likely return to the BJP although he has refuted these rumours, saying he is very much part of the Congress. “I am the state vice-president of the Congress and will contest elections on a Congress ticket,” he says.

Raje’s Rajasthan Gaurav Yatra enters Bharatpur division on August 16. Raje’s rath  will be in Kumher and Deeg represented by Singh on August 19. The party has planned a welcome event at Kumher while a public meeting will be held in Deeg the same day.

Singh’s explanation is that he would only be welcoming Raje as she is the state’s  Chief Minister and he as a legislator has a duty to represent his constituency and apprise her of the problems of the region.

Singh’s penchant for switching sides is well-known. He was with the BJP previously. He, however, switched to Congress at the end of previous tenure of Raje’s government. In 2013, he registered a remarkable victory against BJP’s Digambar Singh from Deeg-Kumher constituency even though the BJP was at its pinnacle with the Modi wave high. BJP had won 163 seats in 2013.

Singh had been Raje’s political advisor during her first tenure and resigned from Lok Sabha in final year of 2008. With the public meeting in Bhinder and re-entry of tribal leader Kirorilal Meena back into the BJP fold, there is every possibility that Singh may again come into the BJP fold.

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