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Kalyan Singh launches Jan Kranti Party

January 05, 2010 15:33 IST

Ending speculations about his return to the Bharatiya Janata Party, its former leader Kalyan Singh on Tuesday floated a new political outfit -- Jan Kranti Party -- on the occasion of his 77th birthday.

"Respecting the sentiments of my supporters, who suggested that rather than joining another party, we should form our own party, I today float the new party," said Singh.

He made the announcement nearly two months after parting ways with Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav.

"Nai party ka apna jhanda hoga, agenda hoga aur anushashan ka danda hoga (The new party will have its own flag, own agenda and strict discipline)," he said.

This is the second time Kalyan has floated a political party within the span of a decade.

Singh said since his supporters advised him that the party's command should be handed over to the new generation -- his son and former state minister Rajveer Singh will be its national president.

"Our aim is to have a strong presence by the 2012 assembly elections," he said.

Singh said he, along with Rajveer, will go to Ayodhya on Wednesday morning and pray to 'Ramlala'.

Once projected as the hero of the Ram Temple movement and counted among the top leaders of the BJP, Singh had parted ways with the party in 1999, alleging that he was being sidelined by the high command.

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