Former Army Chief Gen V.K. Singh, who was engaged in a long-drawn battle with the government over his age issue, on Saturday joined BJP, saying it is the only “nationalist” party which he wants to see in power. Gen Singh, who joined the BJP along with a number of other ex-servicemen in presence of party president Rajnath Singh, said the troops should support it so that a “stable, strong and nationalist” government is formed. “I saw only BJP as nationalist party,” he said while explaining the reason for joining the party.
Welcoming him into BJP, Rajnath Singh said if BJP comes to power, it will take good care of the armed forces. He used the occasion to attack the UPA government, saying it has not looked after the armed forces well. In this context, he cited the recent mishaps involving the Navy. The BJP chief also attacked the government over ceasefire violations by Pakistan, including beheading of two Indian soldiers, and intrusions by China. It is expected that former Army Chief will contest Lok Sabha Election from Rajasthan or Haryana, however seat is yet to be conformed by BJP.