Ex-Union minister junks Cong for BJP
Hindustan Times|January 26, 2022
Congress leader and former Union minister RPN Singh, 57, joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday, explaining his decision to switch sides as being prompted by the work Prime Minister Narendra Modi was doing for the country, and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath for the state, and as "better late than never".

NEW DELHI: He resigned from the primary membership of the Congress on Tuesday and sent a letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi. “This is a new beginning for me and I look forward to my contribution to nation-building under the visionary leadership and guidance of PM Narendra Modi, BJP President JP Nadda, and home minister Amit Shah," he said soon after on Twitter Singh, the former MP from Padrauna, in Uttar Pradesh, is from the Sainthwar royal family that ruled the region once, although he lost the 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha elections. He is from the Kurmi community and considered a strong other backward classes (OBC) leader, and it is believed the BJP may use him to counter some of its OBC leaders who recently shifted to the Samajwadi Party.

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