- Change of heart of Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) president Naresh Tikait
Some time ago BKU president Naresh Tikait had appealed people not to vote BJP in the forthcoming assembly elections. Rather he appealed for support for the RLD-Samajwadi Party alliance in the Uttar Pradesh polls.
However, after a few hours of the meeting with BJP’s Sanjeev Balyan in Sisauli, the BKU chief, taking a U-turn, withdrew his earlier statement and said that he is not supporting any political party in the run-up to the assembly elections in five states.
Mr Tikait, who arrived at Magh Mela to attend a three-day ‘Chintan Shivir’ of farmers at Parade Ground, said on Tuesday, “We will not support anyone in this election.”
In the farmers’ ‘Chintan Shivir’, Rakesh Tikait said, they deliberated on the problems of the farmers.
“Matters related to farmers and the organisation were discussed in a three-day brainstorming session,” Rakesh Tikait said.
The BKU leader also expressed disappointment against the government claiming that promises were left unfulfilled.
“During the nationwide farmers’ agitation, the government had promised to form a committee. That has not been done. In the Lakhimpur Kheri incident, several of our people were sent to jail and MoS Home Ajay Kumar Mishra is still on his post. This is a big issue. There are issues with the procurement of grains. These were the topics that were discussed,” Rakesh Tikait said.
He also said that the “biggest victory” of the 13-months of farmers’ agitation against (now repealed) three agricultural laws is that the political parties “now think about them.”
- Aparna Yadav, Akhilesh Yadav’s Sister-In-Law, Joined BJP
on January 19, 2022.
For the BJP, it is a big acquisition in UP after many of its backward caste leaders, including three state ministers, recently crossed over to the Samajwadi Party. Joining BJP by a family member of Mulayam Singh Yadav is a painful blow to the Samajwadi Party just weeks before the Uttar Pradesh election.
Aparna Yadav is the wife of Akhilesh Yadav’s brother and Mulayam Singh Yadav’s younger son Pratik Yadav.
Aparna Yadav is not a neophyte in politics. She contested the 2017 state election from Lucknow Cantt as a Samajwadi candidate but lost to Rita Bahuguna Joshi, who had quit the Congress then to join the BJP. Ms Yadav has been in the news in the past for praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
- Former Army Chief General JJ Singh Joins BJP on Jan 18, 2022.
Former Army Chief General Joginder Jaswant Singh (Retd.)
Former Army Chief General Joginder Jaswant Singh (Retd.) today joined the BJP in Chandigarh in the presence of the party leadership, including Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat.
Mr Shekhawat and Punjab BJP chief Ashwani Sharma welcomed the former General into the party fold.
He is the first Sikh to have led the Indian Army and the 11th chief of army staff from the Western Command based at Chandimandir. His selection was not a surprise, as at the time of his appointment he was the most senior officer in the army after General N C Vij. Following his retirement, he became Governor of the state of Arunachal Pradesh on 27 January 2008.
General JJ Singh (retd.) had joined the Badal’s party in 2017 and unsuccessfully contested against then Congress leader Amarinder Singh from Patiala during the Assembly elections that year. He left the Shiromani Akali Dal in 2018 and in 2019 joined Shiromani Akali Dal (Taksali) and subsequently contested but lost from Khadoor Sahib (Lok Sabha constituency).
Obviously, his entry in BJP is going to be as good as a booster dose for BJP+ alliance in the forthcoming Punjab Assembly election.