Gad­dar turns down of­fer to join Congress

Hindustan Times (Amritsar) - - Nation -

HY­DER­ABAD : Maoist ide­o­logue and pop­u­lar revo­lu­tion­ary bal­ladeer Gad­dar on Fri­day re­jected an in­vi­ta­tion ex­tended by Congress pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi to join the party, but ex­pressed his will­ing­ness to con­test as an in­de­pen­dent against Te­lan­gana CM K Chan­drasekhar Rao in the assem­bly polls. Gad­dar, along with his wife and son, met Rahul in the af­ter­noon and his mother So­nia Gandhi in the evening in New Delhi. Gad­dar said the Congress pres­i­dent had in­vited him into the party but he had po­litely re­jected. “I told him I have al­ready been with the peo­ple for sev­eral decades and I don’t need any po­lit­i­cal party at this stage. For that mat­ter, I will not join any po­lit­i­cal party I will con­tinue my jour­ney as a bal­ladeer and cam­paign for sec­u­lar forces,” he said.

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