Chaudhry Birendra Singh Set to Join Congress Amidst Political Shifts in Haryana
Chaudhry Birendra Singh Set to Join Congress Amidst Political Shifts in Haryana

Chandigarh: Prominent BJP leader from Haryana and former Union minister, Chaudhry Birendra Singh, is reportedly set to join the Congress party soon, according to insider sources. This development follows the recent resignation of his son, Brijendra Singh, who currently serves as the Member of Parliament for Hisar, from both the Lok Sabha and the BJP, as he switched allegiance to the Congress last month, citing "compelling political reasons."

Sources indicate that an official announcement regarding Singh's joining the Congress is expected to be made on Tuesday. The father-son duo has previously diverged from the BJP's stance on various issues. In 2020, they stood with protesting farmers in demanding the repeal of the now-rescinded farm laws. Additionally, they expressed support for wrestlers protesting against former Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief and BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh over allegations of sexual harassment.

Brijendra notably defeated Dushyant Chautala in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections by a significant margin, amid the BJP's sweeping victory in Haryana. However, in subsequent Assembly elections, Chautala emerged victorious over Brijendra's mother, Prem Lata, in Uchana Kalan. Following these elections, the BJP formed an alliance with Chautala's Jannayak Janata Party (JJP), a move that led to growing tensions, particularly regarding the Hisar parliamentary seat, especially after the induction of former Hisar MP Kuldeep Bishnoi into the BJP in 2023.

Birendra had stepped down from the Upper House in 2020, following his son's entry into politics as the Hisar MP. In the upcoming 2024 Lok Sabha Elections, Haryana's political landscape is expected to undergo scrutiny and potential transformation, with the state currently under the BJP-led NDA alliance's control. However, with the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party forming an alliance in Haryana, contesting Kurukshetra and nine other seats respectively, the dynamics of the state's political scenario are likely to witness significant shifts. Scheduled to go to polls in a single phase on May 25, with results expected on June 4, Haryana's electoral future is poised for an intriguing evolution.

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