FEBRUARY 11, 2024
Uddhav Thackeray, the leader of Shiv Sena, asserted that the awarding of India’s highest civilian honor, the Bharat Ratna, to former Prime Minister Chaudhary Charan Singh was motivated solely by political interests. He emphasized that the decision was made to cater to the political agenda of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), particularly to attract the Rashtriya Lok Dal chief, Jayant Chaudhary, to join their party. This suggests that Thackeray believes the recognition of Charan Singh’s contributions was not genuine but rather a strategic move aimed at garnering political support.
The Shiv Sena (UBT) MP highlighted a crucial discrepancy, pointing out that while the law stipulates the awarding of Bharat Ratna to only three individuals, this year, five individuals were conferred with the prestigious honor.
“The Bharat Ratna is awarded with a keen eye on its political ramifications. The stipulated law permits only three recipients annually, yet now five individuals are slated for recognition. This maneuver is evidently orchestrated for political gains,” he asserted.
On Saturday, Jayant Chaudhary solidified his alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party, stating, “After it was announced that Bharat Ratna will be given (to Chaudhary Charan Singh), my emotions were attached. What will be our next steps and how we will be contesting the elections – these questions will be answered at that time.”
“I am indebted. Only a government grounded in reality, attuned to the voices of the people, and committed to empowering them can truly honor the legacy of ‘Dhartiputra’ Charan Singh with the Bharat Ratna.”