Congress leaders asserted that the move will help bring Rajput votes to the party in the upcoming Vidhan Sabha elections.
Congress got a big boost in Rajasthan before upcoming assembly elections when MLA Manvendra Singh, son of veteran Bharatiya Janata Party leader Jaswant Singh, joined the Congress party along with his wife Chitra Singh and younger brother Bhupendra Singh, in presence of Rahul Gandhi, on Wednesday.
— Congress (@INCIndia) October 17, 2018
“I met Rahul Gandhi in the morning today and he welcomed me into the party,” ANI quoted Manvendra Singh as saying. “I have confidence that my supporters will continue to support me.”
Sachin Pilot welcomed Manvendra Singh to the party on behalf of Rajasthan INC.
All communities will unite and fight against BJP and Vasundhara Raje govt. Public is disappointed and frustrated with BJP govt. We will win and form people's govt: @SachinPilot
— Congress Live (@INCIndiaLive) October 17, 2018
Rajput leaders in Congress, such as the likes of Jitendra Singh, have been instrumental in bringing Singh to Congress. A section of Rajputs have been angry over the treatment meted out to Jaswant Singh, and Congress hoped to cash upon that anguish by inducting Manvendra.
It is speculated that Singh may be fielded for general election from Jodhpur whereas his wife Chitra Singh may be given a ticket from Shiv constituency which Singh represents currently.
It's Manvendra Singh's decision. His father Jaswant Singh spent his entire life fighting with Congress. BJP gave him respect as Finance&Defence Min. It's the same Cong party that didn't appoint any Rajput from Rajasthan as minister in Centre in 70 yrs: Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore pic.twitter.com/tuUujXmPHg
— ANI (@ANI) October 17, 2018
According to Manvendra’s brother Bhupendra, the entire family was deeply disappointed by the injustice meted out to his father in 2014 general elections, by denying him a BJP ticket. Chitra too confirmed that she will be joining Congress with her husband and whatever the party decides, the family will work accordingly.