New Delhi, February 9
The Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) president, Jayant Chaudhary, on Friday here signalled that he would be switching over to the NDA ahead of the Lok Sabha polls as he hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his government’s decision to confer Bharat Ratna on his grandfather and former prime minister Chaudhary Charan Singh.
“Koi kasar rehti hai? Aaj main kis munh se inkaar karoon aapke sawalon ko?” (Is there anything left now? How can I deny your queries today?) Chaudhary said when asked if he was ready to join hands with the BJP.
RLD chief said a decision, which no previous governments had been able to take, has been taken with the vision and dedication of the Prime Minister.
Asked about the award being linked to his party contesting the upcoming Lok Sabha election with the BJP, he said, “We either win elections or lose. Whether I am going in the coalition or not is not the question. Today’s decision is one that will be remembered for generations. If this is the Congress party’s statement, I criticise it.”
Pressed further on the seat-sharing understanding with the BJP, Chaudhary said, “It would be belittling to talk about elections on such a day. I have made no announcement. I just said ‘Koi kasar rehti hai?’”
Earlier, Chaudhary said the Modi government had won his heart with the announcement of Bharat Ratna to former prime minister Chaudhary Charan Singh. “Dil Jeet Liya,” he posted on X.
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