C’garh Cong working president joins BJP
IN what is a shot in the arm of the Bharatiya Janata Party ahead of the Chhattisgarh polls, a working president of the Congress and a known tribal face, Ram Dayal Uike, has joined the saffron party in the presence of BJP chief Amit Shah at Bilaspur on Saturday.
While the BJP claimed Uike’s decision would strengthen the party to accomplish the mission of 65 seats, the Congress expressed surprise over the development.
“We feel astounded. But the Congress always has an alternative. A strong formidable candidate will replace him from the seat where he was likely to contest,” said a senior Congress leader and leader of opposition T S Singhdeo.
Uike, who had quit the BJP in 2000 to join the Congressled government, vacated his tribal seat of Marwahi to allow then CM Ajit Jogi to contest from there.
A four-time MLA, Uike’s move is a major setback to the Congress. Uike said he had been feeling suffocated in the Congress. In Chhattisgarh Congress, besides the president there are two working presidents from ST and SC.