As the country witnessed third phase of Lok Sabha elections on Tuesdsay, BJP got one more celebrity candidate in their armoury. Hours before the deadline for filing of nominations as Lok Sabha candidature, the party announced Sufi singer Hans Raj Hans’ name from north-west Delhi.
He was named one of the seven BJP candidates for Delhi, which votes on May 12.
Hans Raj has been picked for north-west Delhi instead of BJP’s sitting MP Udit Raj, who had threatened to resign from the party if he was dropped.
The folk singer Hans Raj joined the Bharatiya Janta Party in 2016.
On Tuesday, the 57-year-old singer wore a saffron colour jacket as he was stopped to pray at a temple before filling his nomination. When he was asked by reports, whether he would win as BJP candidate, he pointed skywards and stated, “Jo malik ka hokum (whatever God decides).”
Further, he said, “I have been warrior since my childhood, I have to win. I am the son of a farm laborer. It is in my genes to work hard. I consider PM Modi as my hero.”
Hans Raj Hans will contest against Congress’ Rajesh Lilothia and AAP’s Gugan Singh.
According to reports, the singer debuted in politics in 2009 as a member of the Akali Dal and also contested the elections from his hometown Jalandhar, but he lost. In 2014, he joined the Congress Party and got a ticket from the party too. But after two years, he switched again.
Udit Raj, the incumbent MP from North-West Delhi, had earlier threatened to resign and contest as an independent if his candidature was not announced. According to source, this was one of the reasons behind the delay in announcing Hans’ candidature.