Cong leader

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Nation -

“The Congress has ne­glected the in­ter­ests of trib­als, back­ward and poor peo­ple and I was pained over it as I rep­re­sent a tribal re­gion. CM Ra­man Singh has been mak­ing ef­forts for over­all de­vel­op­ment of trib­als and back­ward peo­ple and his de­vel­op­ment ori­ented poli­cies have im­pressed me to re­join my home party,” he said.

Uike, who had quit the BJP and joined the Congress in 2000, de­scribed his re­turn to the rul­ing party as “ghar wapsi”. When asked about con­test­ing elec­tions, he said he will fol­low the di­rec­tions of the party lead­er­ship in this re­gard.

Re­act­ing to the de­vel­op­ment, Congress dubbed Uike as an “op­por­tunist” and said his de­ci­sion will not harm the op­po­si­tion party. “Uike has gone back to BJP, which he had left ear­lier for op­por­tunis­tic rea­sons. He has again proved that he is an op­por­tunist,” Congress state com­mu­ni­ca­tion wing chief Shailesh Nitin Trivedi told PTI.

“His de­ci­sion is not go­ing to harm the Congress in any way as his­tory is wit­ness that the party in which Uike was there had never won. In fact, we are thank­ful to Uike that he has left our party and en­sured vic­tory to us,” Trivedi said.

Af­ter the for­ma­tion of Ch­hat­tis­garh in 2000, Uike, who was a BJP MLA from Mar­wahi seat, had joined the Congress and va­cated his seat to fa­cil­i­tate the en­try of Ajit Jogi into the Ch­hat­tis­garh leg­isla­tive as­sem­bly af­ter he was sworn-in as the first chief min­is­ter of Ch­hat­tis­garh.

Ac­cord­ing to BJP sources, Uike was not happy af­ter he was ousted from the Congress screen­ing com­mit­tee and since then he had been in touch with rul­ing party lead­er­ship. The BJP may field Uike ei­ther from Mar­wahi or Pali Tanakhar – the ST re­served seats, both con­sid­ered his strong­hold.

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