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Congress Loses Its ‘Star Campaigner’ RPN Singh to BJP

RPN Singh was a Congress MLA from Padrauna assembly seat of Kushinagar district from 1996 to 2009. In 2009, he became a Lok Sabha MP after winning from Kushinagar on a Congress ticket. 

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RPN Singh addresses the media after joining the BJP at the party’s HQ in New Delhi. (Photo: ANI)

New Delhi: Ratanjit Pratap Narain Singh, a former union minister and one of Congress’ star campaigners for the Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2022, on Tuesday resigned from the party and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Calling his joining the BJP a ‘new beginning’, RPN Singh said that he was ready to contribute in nation building.

“This is a new beginning for me and I look forward to my contribution to nation building under the visionary leadership & guidance of the Honourable Prime Minister Shri narendramodi, BJP President Shri JPNadda ji & Honourable Home Minister AmitShah ji,” the former Lok Sabha MP from Padrauna in the Purvanchal region of Uttar Pradesh tweeted.

Singh claimed that he remained loyal to the Congress for over three decades but now the party and its ideology had changed. “For 32 years, I worked diligently with Congress. It has changed. It is no longer the party it was. In a few year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has developed India,” he said after joining the BJP at the party’s headquarters in New Delhi.

He had earlier changed his Twitter Bio from: My motto India, First, Always. AICC in-charge, Jharkhand, Spokesperson Congress party, Former Minister of State for Home Affairs, to “My motto India, First, Always.”

RPN Singh sent his resignation to Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday morning, just a day after he was named in the Congress list of star campaigners for the seven phased Uttar Pradesh polls.

The 57-year-old former Congress loyalist from the erstwhile royal family of Sainthwar of Kushinagar (Padrauna) also tweeted a photo of his resignation letter saying, “Today, at a time, we are celebrating the formation of our great Republic, I begin a new chapter in my political journey. Jai Hind.”

Congress Connection

Popularly known as Raja Saheb of Padrauna, he was a Congress MLA from Padrauna assembly seat of Kushinagar district from 1996 to 2009. In 2009, he became a Lok Sabha MP by winning from Kushinagar on a Congress ticket.

The former Congress leader had been the Minister of State for Road and Transport, Petroleum and Home in the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government. 

In the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, RPN had reached the Lok Sabha by defeating Swami Prasad Maurya, the then UP president of BSP. Maurya is now with the Samajwadi Party.

In Lok Sabha elections 2014 and 2019, RPN fought elections as a Congress candidate but lost on both occasions. He was later made the National General Secretary of Congress and in-charge of Jharkhand. RPN’s father CPN Singh was the Minister of State for Defence in the Indira Gandhi government.

An alumnus of Doon School, RPN Singh also served as the All India Congress Committee’s Secretary from 2003-2006.

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