The MP from Gurgaon and rival of Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Rao Inderjeet joined the BJP with his followers. (Agencies)
Addressing the gathering on the occasion, BJP president Rajnath Singh welcomed Rao and his supporters from Haryana into the party, and said it was an honour that Rao, who enjoys a clean image and hails from a martyr's family, is now part of our organisation.
Rao Inderjit's great-grandfather Rao Tula Ram was one of the noted freedom fighters during the 1857 revolt, while his father Rao Birender Singh was a former chief minister of Haryana.
He said he will now be a part of the BJP for the rest of his life. He said it was not an easy decision to quit the Congress after serving the party for 36 years.
Singh, who was elected to the Lok Sabha in 1998, 2004 and 2009, started his career in state politics by becoming a legislator for the first time in 1977.
The MP from Gurgaon and rival of Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Rao Inderjeet joined the BJP with his followers.