Denying the allegation that he has been ‘bought’ by the BJP, he said the Congress, which remained in power for more than half a century, never thought of giving the honor to his grandfather.
“Today’s decision [on Bharat Ratna] has won my heart. There’s no question of buying me off,” he said.
He said the decision to move closer to the BJP did not amount to a betrayal of the sentiments of his core constituency of farmers, which had turned decidedly hostile to the saffron alliance during the agitation against farm reforms in 2020-21.
He said, by giving his grandfather the Bharat Ratna, the BJP government has indicated that it is capable of listening to, and solving, all the problems of the farmer community.
“There is no single step that can be taken to resolve all current problems and ensure that such problems don’t recur,” Chaudhary said.
“This is an ongoing effort. [By conferring Bharat Ratna to Chaudhary Charan Singh] the government of India has demonstrated its intention, sincerity and dedication towards farmers, the working class and the rural areas. People can be assured that if any government can confer such a great honor to Chaudhary Charan Singh, it will also listen to the demands of the community for which he worked,” he added.
Meanwhile, his former ally and the chief of Samajwadi Party, Akhilesh Yadav, speculated that Chaudhary may have been threatened by the Centre with inquiries and investigations by central agencies such as Enforcement Directorate and Central Bureau of Investigation.