| NK Singh outside Rajnath Singh’s house in New Delhi on Saturday. Picture by Ramakant Kushwaha |
New Delhi, March 22 (PTI): Former bureaucrat and JD(U) MP N.K. Singh today joined the BJP saying a government led by the saffron party can usher growth revival and progress to replace the prevailing “atmosphere of gloom” with “optimism and hope”.
“I believe that the BJP-led NDA government can give a new and fair deal to India,” he said after joining the party.
Singh, who had a fall out with chief minister Nitish Kumar after denial of a Rajya Sabha renomination to him, said only the BJP can provide a strong and stable government with credible leadership in the present political scenario.
A former IAS officer of 1964 Bihar cadre, Singh had worked in the Prime Minister’s Office of Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s regime and was also then member of the Planning Commission. Singh hit out at the JD(U) saying its governance matrix has got “distorted” to exclusively focus on a “survival-centric strategy than a development-centric strategy” that forced him to quit.
“India faces serious economic and political challenges as a consequence of the lost decade that we are struggling to overcome. We need a strong and stable government to rejuvenate our sagging morale. Only the BJP can provide the purposive and resolute policies, programmes and leadership in the current scenario. I believe that only an NDA government led by the BJP can usher a new India reviving the engines of growth and progress and replace the prevailing atmosphere of gloom with optimism and hope,” he said.
Singh backed Narendra Modi, saying there are only allegations against him and the principal allegation has been disproved by the court verdict and it is the final verdict unless it is set aside under the law of the land. Singh, who was inducted in BJP at party president Rajnath Singh's residence, said he had joined the saffron party “unconditionally” and said he had offered himself for any task given to him by the party leadership.
He tendered his resignation from the JD(U) yesterday and wrote a letter to Nitish, pointing out the infirmities in the decision making process in the party.
Reacting to his joining the saffron party, JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav said: “Singh was never a JD(U) leader.”
Among others who joined BJP include former chairman of the Delhi Bar Council R.S. Goswamy and Mohammad Ejaz Ilmi, brother of AAP leader Shazia Ilmi. Ejaz said he was willing to campaign anywhere the party asked him to.