New Delhi, Aug 28 (): Rajnath Singh, the Union Home Minister and senior BJP leader today denied all reports about him and his son seeking political favors.
Rajnath said he would quit politics if any allegations against him or his family members are proven. Rajnath’s outburst comes after he failed to get RSS to give his son a ticket to contest state bypoll in Noida. This according to BJP sources was a message to Rajnath that any idea of using RSS to arm-twist Modi and Shah will be dealt with.
The lobbying by Rajnath to get his son, Pankaj Singh a seat in Noida was hit by charges that the applicant was taking money to get lucrative postings for the police and using his father’s office for this. As the campaign against Rajnath mounted, UP BJP unit decided against the Home Minister’s son’s application.
As the list was announced yesterday, speculation started about Rajnath losing his clout within the party after Amit Shah took over as President.
Yet another report said that Modi had given a dressing down to Rajnath and asked him to keep his son in control. This time however Rajnath has only to blame his party colleagues including some ministers. He claims that BJP President Shah and Modi said that they were unaware of any campaign against him. To justify it, PMO issued a statement through Twitter that all such stories that PM had scolded Rajnath were lies.
Rajnath was one of the two pillars of Modi, Arun Jaitley being the other. Jaitley with defense and finance became No 2 in the cabinet and Shah who scripted a LS victory in UP where BJP had no cadre to work replaced Rajnath as party president.
Pankaj had shuttled between Delhi and Lucknow and he wanted Noida as it was a safe seat. With UP politics taking a turn as Mayawati likely to back Congress in a secret pact, Pankaj wanted to get Noida but the party opted for an insider instead. Noida will see a triangle contest between SP- Congress- BJP.