Set­back to Cong as party’s Ch­hat­tis­garh work­ing chief joins BJP ahead of polls

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - FRONT PAGE - Ritesh Mishra ritesh.mishra@hin­dus­tan­ CON­TIN­UED ON P 8

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.

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