Patna: Former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP from Purnia Uday Singh, also known as Pappu Singh, resigned from his party on Friday saying he could no longer remain in the party that had “surrendered before the tainted Janata Dal – U led by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
Singh, who had won twice from Purnia, said at a press conference in Patna that he was frustrated with the way his party had folded before Nitish Kumar who, he said, was a discredited leader and did not deserve equal sharing of seat in Bihar.
Like other previous disgruntled NDA leaders including Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) chief Upendra Kushwaha and former BJP MP Kirti Azad, Singh showered praise on Rahul Gandhi saying his popularity had grown tremendously while Prime Minister Narendra Modi had lost the political goodwill that he had amassed in 2014.
“Prime Minister Modi seems to have shielded himself from reality and is living in a bubble where he listens to only what he wants to listen. His concept of a ‘Congress-free India’ is a very bad idea and is not conducive the basic tenets of democracy that cannot survive in the absence of the opposition party,” Singh said.
The former MP said that though he had not finalized his future plans, he intended to meet with both Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad Yadav to discuss his future plans.
He further said that it had become nearly impossible to get a meeting with the Prime Minister who is only surrounded by those who tell him what he wants to hear.
“It is because of this Upendra Kushwaha had to leave the NDA,” he said.
Singh is the younger brother of N K Singh, the Chairman of the 15th Finance Commission. He had won from Purnia in 2004 and 2009 but lost to a JD-U candidate by over a lakh vote in 2014 in spite of the Modi wave at the time.