“Former BJP Leaders Chaudhry Birender Singh and Wife Premlata Singh Join Congress, Describe it as ‘Vichar Wapsi'”

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Former BJP leaders Chaudhry Birender Singh and his wife Premlata Singh on Tuesday joined the Congress Party. Their son and former BJP leader Brijendra Singh had joined the Congress Party recently. While re-joining Congress, the former Union minister said, “In Haryana politics, people supported us and we supported the people. It is not just my ‘ghar wapsi’ but also ‘vichar wapsi’.”

“I took leave from Congress, apologised to Honorable Sonia Gandhi and told her that due to some reason I had to go to BJP,” he added.

Singh said he has quit the BJP and will join the Congress, the move coming almost a month after his son Brijendra Singh joined the grand old party. His wife Prem Lata Singh — a former BJP MLA from Haryana — also quit the party. “I have resigned from the primary membership of the BJP and sent my resignation to party chief JP Nadda. My wife, Prem Lata, who was an MLA from 2014-2019, has also quit the party. Tomorrow (Tuesday), we will join the Congress,” Birender Singh (78), a prominent political figure in Haryana, said.

His BJP stint
Birender Singh was Union steel minister in the first government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He also held charge as minister of rural development, Panchayati Raj, and drinking water and sanitation. During the agitation against the now-repealed farm laws, Birender Singh had extended his support to the farmers.

Birender Singh was Union steel minister in the first government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He also held charge as minister of rural development, Panchayati Raj, and drinking water and sanitation. During the agitation against the now-repealed farm laws, Birender Singh had extended his support to the farmers.

(With inputs from agencies)

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