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VK Singh's new battleground: he may contest Sonia in Rae Bareli

Although General VK Singh has retired from the army, his battles are far from over and he seems to be quietly preparing for an epic contest ahead. Only this time the former commando of the Indian Army will combat in the political field but his opponent is no less.

There is a high possibility that the former army chief may contest against Congress president Sonia Gandhi on a BJP ticket, as per a report in The Pioneer.

General (Retd) VK Singh. PTI

General (Retd) VK Singh. PTI

"The former Army Chief was earlier interested in testing electoral waters from Bhiwani in Haryana, his home State. But, Singh realises that the Jat-dominated constituency may not be a winnable seat for Singh, a Thakur"—The Pioneer quoted a source privy to the development.

The newspaper reported that Singh will take on Gandhi in her constituency Rae Bareli, which also has a sizeable Thakur population. Although defeating the Congress president will not be easy, the BJP believes that the contest would make Singh's entry into politics grand and would also shrink the victory margin for Gandhi if Singh fails to win.

Singh is likely to reveal his political intentions around 11 October, the birth anniversary of Jaiprakash Narayan.

Published Date: Aug 23, 2013 14:15 PM | Updated Date: Aug 23, 2013 16:58 PM

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