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New Delhi, Oct 17: In a jolt to the ruling BJP government in poll-bound Rajasthan,  the son of BJP veteran and former Union Minister Jaswant Singh, on Wednesday joined the Congress. This comes as a relief for Congress before elections after a series of defections from the party in Chhattisgarh and Goa.MLA from Sheo in Barmer, Manvendra Singh had announced in September that he was quitting the BJP. He was formally inducted into the Congress in the presence of party President Rahul Gandhi and Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot.Congress General Secretary Ashok Gehlot said Manvendra Singh's presence would further boost the Congress fortunes in the Assembly polls. The move came after MLA Manvendra Singh announced to quit the BJP in his ‘Swabhiman Rally’ held in Barmer last month where he had said “Kamal ka phool, badi bhool”.The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said that the decision will not have any impact on the party’s prospects in western Rajasthan.“It is a politically wrong decision of Manvendra Singh which will have no impact on the BJP. Rajput votes have been with the BJP and will remain with us,” said Rajsathan Parliamentary Affairs Minister Rajendra Rathore.Polling in Rajasthan will be held on 7 December.His father Jaswant Singh was denied ticket by the party in 2014 Lok Sabha elections following which he (Jaswant Singh) contested elections as an independent candidate and lost the seat to BJP’s Sonaram, who had joined the party from the Congress and was backed by Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje.The decision of not allowing Jaswant Singh to contest the 2014 Lok Sabha polls antagonised the Rajput community that held Raje responsible for neglecting Jaswant Singh for an “outsider” Sonaram.There was resentment among his supporters who rallied after Manvendra Singh making it an issue of their ‘swabhiman’

News24 Bureau with Agencies