C'garh Con­gress Work­ing Pres­i­dent joins rul­ing BJP

The Free Press Journal - - NATION -

In a ma­jor set­back for the Con­gress in poll-bound Ch­hat­tis­garh, the state party's Work­ing Pres­i­dent and a key tribal leader Ram­dayal Uike joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Satur­day.

Uike, a four time MLA, joined the BJP in Bi­laspur in pres­ence of BJP Pres­i­dent Amit Shah, Ch­hat­tis­garh Chief Min­is­ter Ra­man Singh and BJP state Pres­i­dent Dharam­lal Kaushik.

"I was feel­ing suf­fo­cated in Con­gress," Uike told the me­dia, re­ports IANS.

The Con­gress which is out of power in the min­eral-rich state since 2003, has ex­pressed shock over Uike's de­ci­sion.

Ch­hat­tis­garh Pradesh Con­gress Pres­i­dent Bhu­pesh Baghel has termed it "shock­ing, dis­gust­ing and a clas­sic ex­am­ple of pol­i­tics of op­por­tunism".

Uike was a BJP leg­is­la­tor from Mar­wahi seat in 2000 when the state was formed by split­ting up Mad­hya Pradesh.

He later switched to Con­gress along with 11 other BJP leg­is­la­tors when Ajit Jogi was head­ing the Con­gress gov­ern­ment in the state.

Uike was win­ning from Korba district's Pali-Tanakhar seat for the past three Assem­bly elec­tions as a Con­gress can­di­date.

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