Setback to Cong as party’s Chhattisgarh working chief joins BJP ahead of polls
RAIPUR: Chhattisgarh Congress working president and tribal leader Ramdayal Uike joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday, accusing the grand old party of “neglecting” tribal leaders in its fold.
On the same day, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati and former Chhattisgarh chief minister Ajit Jogi launched the poll campaign of their alliance, announced last month, in Bilaspur.
The BSP will contest 35 seats and Jogi’s Janata Congress 55 seats in the 90-member assembly.
Uike, a well-known tribal face of the Congress in the Bilaspur region, said tribal leaders were being neglected in the Congress. “There is a difference in what they (Congress) say and what they do,” Uike said.
Chhattisgarh will vote in a two-phase assembly election in November.