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Saturday , March 1 , 2014
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Gen VK Singh joins BJP, says it is the only nationalist party

New Delhi, Mar 1 (PTI) : Former Army Chief General V K Singh, who was engaged in a long-drawn battle with the Congress-led government over his age issue before his retirement, on Saturday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party, saying it is the only ”nationalist” party and he wants to see in power.

Gen Singh, who joined the BJP along with a number of other ex-servicemen in presence of party President Rajnath Singh, said the troops should support it so that a “stable, strong and nationalist” government is formed.

“I saw only BJP as nationalist party,” he said while explaining the reason for joining the party.

“We, who have served on borders, should work with nationalist forces. So, we have decided to move with BJP to bring a government which is stable, strong and takes decisions in national interest,” said the 63-year-old Singh, who retired in May 2012.

He expressed confidence that the enthusiasm of the servicemen will make BJP stronger.

Welcoming him into BJP, Rajnath Singh said if BJP comes to power, it would take good care of the armed forces.

He used the occasion to attack the UPA government, saying it has not looked after the armed forces well. In this context, he cited the recent accidents in the Navy’s ageing fleet.

The BJP chief also attacked the government over ceasefire violations by Pakistan, including beheading of two Indian soldiers, and intrusions by China.

Gen Singh joined the BJP months after he shared dais with its Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi at a rally of ex-servicemen in Rewari in Haryana.