After expulsion from Congress, Barkha Singh joins BJP
New Delhi, April 22: A day after being expelled from the Congress, Barkha Singh on Saturday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party and lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi's policies.
She said her decision was not aimed at gaining any position in the party. "I have joined the BJP neither to fight elections nor am I aiming for any position, but to work hard for assignments I will be given," Singh told reporters.
She praised Modi's policies and the changes he has made over the past three years. "I wrote to Modi three years ago urging him to take up the triple talaq issue for protection of women. The way he has responded to it has satisfied me," she said.
Union Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Vijay Goel who was also present on the occasion said Singh's entry has strengthened the BJP.
"Congress leadership at both the national level and in Delhi is neither listening to its party members nor is is being able to satisfy its leaders," Goel said.
On Friday, Congress expelled her for six years for indulging in anti-party activities. Singh, a former chief of the Delhi Commission for Women, was removed from her post as chief of DPCC's women's wing.
While resigning from the post, Singh had lashed out at senior party leaders. "Congress party under the leadership of Rahul and Maken has only used the issue of empowerment of women and women security to gather votes. The issue means nothing to them," she had said.
"In an organisation where I myself am unsafe, how will I empower other women in that organisation? That is why I hereby resign from the post of president of Delhi Mahila Congress. Rahul Gandhi is unfit to lead the party," she had said.
(With agency inputs)