Former Army Chief General V.K. Singh has joined BJP while saying that it was the only 'nationalist' party in the country and he wants to see it power. The 63 year old ex-defence chief, who retired in May 2012, expressed confidence that the enthusiasm of the servicemen will make BJP stronger.
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 and also attacked the government over the 'one-rank, one-pension' decision, saying it came too late.
Singh's tenure as the Army Chief was marked by a controversy over his age. He became the first serving chief to drag the government to the court over his age issue which was decided in the favour of the government by the Supreme Court.
Though it is not clear if BJP will field him as a Lok Sabha candidate, but he promised upgradation and modernisation of the armed forces. The BJP leader said he would propose the setting up of an ex-servicemen's welfare commission to Modi when if he becomes Prime Minister.
Meanwhile, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi interacted with rickshaw pullers and auto drivers in Varanasi, in a bid to reach out to the 'aam aadmi', and later prayed at the famous Kashi Vishwanath temple. And the two-year-old Aam Aadmi Party announced its third list of candidates that included some well-known faces.
As the general elections are round the corner every party is speeding up in the race to reach to the throne, with one trying to pass bills after bills and other bringing well known name in its ally.