Congress president Rahul Gandhi welcomed Manvendra Singh, the son of former Union minister Jaswant Singh, to the Congress fold on Wednesday.
The induction of Manvendra, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA from Sheo in Rajasthan, was confirmed on Tuesday by Rajasthan Congress president Sachin Pilot and former Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.
Manvendra quit the BJP after the September ‘Swabhimaan Rally’ held in Rajasthan’s Barmer district.
But Singh had clarified that he would continue to contest polls from his constituency.
“I will contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections from home,” he said, referring to the Barmer-Jaisalmer parliamentary constituency which has been represented by his father in the past.
At a public meeting, dubbed ‘swabhiman’ (self-respect) rally, in September, he had referred to the party’s lotus symbol and said associating with it had been a “big mistake”.
“Kamal ka phool, badi bhool,” he had said.
Manvendra Singh said Modi had then asked him to remain patient. “But the limit of my patience is now over,” he said at the well-attended rally.
Singh said two people from Delhi and one from Jaipur were responsible for his father not getting the party’s nomination in 2014.
Singh was elected to the Sheo assembly constituency in Barmer in the 2013 Rajasthan assembly elections.