The BJP finally announced the names of candidates for two remaining seats in Haryana—IAS officer Brijendra Singh, son of Union Minister Birender Singh, from Hisar and former Congress leader Arvind Sharma, who recently joined the BJP, from Rohtak.
Meanwhile, in lieu of the ticket for his son, Steel Minister in the Narendra Modi Cabinet and sitting Rajya Sabha MP Birender Singh has announced political ‘sanyas’ and written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah offering to quit from the positions.
Birender Singh said he was doing so in line with the BJP’s ideology and position against ‘vanshvaad’—dynasty politics. Talking to The Tribune, the senior Haryana leader, who crossed over from the Congress to the BJP ahead of the 2014 General Elections, said it was one of main beliefs and planks of the saffron party that “dynastic rule and effect of dynastic rule is not healthy for Parliamentary democracy”
“To avoid that possibility so that there are no questions from the Opposition to my party, I thought it will be better that if my son gets the ticket, I must quit electoral politics. Two months back, I had written to Prime Minister Narenmtra Modi and also to party president Amit Shah that if you consider the candidature of my son, I would like to quit both my offices, as a member of the Rajya Sabha and as the Cabinet Minister,” he said, adding that it was also a message to others, including those because of who ‘parivarvad’, dynastic politics, is criticised