Cong leader

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - METRO -

The Congress is seek­ing to end the un­in­ter­rupted 15-year rule of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Uike was a BJP MLA from the Mar­wahi seat in 2003, when he joined the Congress and re­signed his seat to make way for Jogi, the first chief min­is­ter of the state. Jogi left the Congress in 2016 to start his own party, the Janata Congress.

“Congress has ne­glected the in­ter­est of trib­als, back­ward and poor peo­ple. Chief Min­is­ter Ra­man Singh has been mak­ing ef­forts for de­vel­op­ment of trib­als and back­ward peo­ple and his de­vel­op­ment poli­cies have im­pressed me and I am re­join­ing the home party,” Uike said, de­scrib­ing his move as “ghar­wapsi” (home­com­ing).

Congress spokesper­son Sailesh Nitin Trivedi said Uike’s join­ing the BJP was no loss for the party which, he added, has may other prom­i­nent tribal lead­ers. “Till yes­ter­day, he was very ac­tive in the Congress which sug­gests that a con­spir­acy took place last night,” he said.

“Uike came back to us be­cause of the in­fight­ing within the Congress. The party is ap­a­thetic to­wards the trib­als and their lead­ers and hence tribal lead­ers are not happy in Congress,” Sachhinand Upasane, BJP spokesper­son said.

Polls in Ch­hat­tis­garh will take place in two phases; the 18 as­sem­bly seats in the Maoist af­fected Bas­tar re­gion will go to polls on Novem­ber 12 and the re­main­ing 72 on Novem­ber 20. The count­ing of votes will take place on De­cem­ber 7 to­gether with Ra­jasthan, Mad­hya Pra-

Uike came back to us be­cause of the in­fight­ing within the Congress. The party is ap­a­thetic to­wards the trib­als and their lead­ers and hence tribal lead­ers are not happy in Congress

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