Kalyan Singh has rejoined the Bharatiya Janata Party on Monday after serving a five-year term as the Governor of Rajasthan. The 87-year-old political leader took the membership of the saffron party (BJP) in the presence of UP BJP chief Swatantra Dev Singh. Kalyan Singh's son Rajveer Singh, Lok Sabha MP from Etah, and grandson Sandeep Singh, Minister of State for Finance in Uttar Pradesh, were also present at the rejoining ceremony. Singh had earlier served two terms as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh from 1991-1992 to 1997-1999.
UP BJP Spokesperson Rakesh Tripathi asserted that Singh, a veteran leader, would serve the party well. Adding that Singh is well-versed with the ground reality of Uttar Pradesh, Tripathi said that Kalyan Singh's presence in the party would be beneficial.
The CBI's Babri Masjid demolition case against Kalyan Singh earlier suggested that when Singh was appointed as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, he had given assurance before the National Integration Council that he would not allow the demolition of the disputed Babri Masjid. Following the demolition of the Babri Masjid in 1992, Kalyan Singh had resigned from the post of the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh on December 6, 1992. According to the CBI charge sheet, he acted in 'opposition to his assurances'. However, Kalyan Singh in a press conference responded on the question of Ayodhya stating that all political leaders must make their stance known to the people.
Ex-Rajasthan Governor&BJP leader Kalyan Singh: Ayodhya is a sacred place. Construction of Ram temple is a matter of devotion of crores of people. All political parties should make their stand clear before the people,if they're in favour of construction of Ram temple or against it pic.twitter.com/3wgWLHHSZp— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) September 9, 2019
The Supreme Court had earlier revived conspiracy charges on April 19, 2017. the apex court had revived charges against veteran BJP leaders like LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, and Uma Bharati. However, the SC had notified that Singh could not be brought before the court as Article 361 of the Indian Constitution grants special immunity rights to the Governors.