Back in Cong, Laxman comes full circle

Returning to the Congress after almost eight years, the political life of Laxman Singh, former Rajgarh MP and younger brother of AICC general secretary Digvijaya Singh, seems to have come full circle.

In between he joined the BJP, stood for a grand Ram Temple at Ayodhya and had firmly said that come what may Ram Sethu would remain intact. He even vowed never to work under a foreign national.

But on Monday, a day after Rahul Gandhi, the new Congress vice-president, took a stand against nepotism and opposed admitting turncoats to party, Laxman staged a formal comeback as AICC member.

"I returned because Congress workers wanted me back and petitioned the party. I never attacked the Gandhi family. In any case, it is the Congress president who has welcomed me back," he said.

Laxman had switched loyalty to BJP in 2004, months after the Congress under Digvijaya lost the state polls. "Aisa bhai kis kam ka jo mere bure vakt me mujhe chhod gaya (what use is a brother who abandoned me in my bad times),'' Digvijaya had rued when his brother defected.

But the signs of two brothers joining hands came to fore recently when they campaigned for Laxman's son Aditya Vikram Singh for the Raghogarh municipal polls. Aditya was last week elected president of the body, considered one of the richest urban bodies in the state.

Before joining the Congress, Singh, who calls himself an "agriculturist", spent two years in political wilderness after the BJP expelled him. But by then his political clout had decreased, especially after he lost the 2009 Lok Sabha election to his brother's protégé.

When Gadkari called Digvijaya Singh "Aurangzeb ki aulad" in 2010, Singh got a chance to part ways with the BJP. He asked Gadkari to aplogise and was expelled.

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