Eye on LS polls, BJP tries hard to woo Kalyan Singh
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In its search of a pro-Hinduva OBC face in Uttar Pradesh ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, the BJP is keen to bring back former chief minister Kalyan Singh, who twice headed BJP governments in the state and twice parted ways with the party in the past.
Sources said that the BJP, with help from the RSS, is working on Kalyan Singh, by offering a safe seat to his son Rajvir Singh in the next Lok Sabha elections. However, Kalyan Singh has so far not responded to the overtures.
Sources said that efforts to bring back Kalyan Singh started after the state BJP's "Karya Yojna Baithak" held in Agra last month where several senior leaders gave their consent. A former BJP national president met Kalyan Singh in this connection earlier this month.
Last week, addressing the BJP national council meet in Surajkund, party president Nitin Gadkari asked the BJP leaders to set aside "personal ambitions" to win "Mahabharat of the next Lok Sabha elections". A BJP leader said that Gadkari's statement could help prepare the ground for the return of Kalyan Singh, who had parted ways from the BJP alleging neglect and humiliation by senior leaders.
BJP leaders admit that the party cannot come to power at the Centre without doing well in UP. For this, the party needed a leader with statewide acceptance and Kalyan Singh can take that position. "He belongs to Lodh community which has a presence across the state. This, plus his commitment to Hindutva could help revive the BJP in the state," said a senior BJP leader.
Kalyan Singh has so far dismissed any possibility of his rejoining the BJP. He even denied any BJP leader had discussed the matter with him. He is busy making preparations for a meeting of his Jan Kranti Party here on October 5, which has been called to discuss the current political scenario in the country, strengthening of the party organisation and preparations for the Lok Sabha elections.
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