November 14, 2018 1:49:32 pm
In a big setback for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead of the Rajasthan Assembly elections, party MP from Dausa Harish Meena joined Congress Wednesday. Meena was welcomed by State Congress chief Sachin pilot and former chief minister Ashok Gehlot, both of whom have decided to contest the state assembly elections scheduled to be held on December 7.
At the event, Gehlot said, “Both, I and Sachin Pilot will fight the Rajasthan assembly elections.”
Meena who joined the BJP in 2014, is a retired IPS officer who last served as the Director General of Police of Rajasthan from March 2009 to December 2013, longest tenure of a DGP in the state. He is also the recipient of Indian Police Medal and President Medal.
Last month, veteran BJP leader Jaswant Singh’s son and ex-MLA Manvendra Singh joined the Congress. Singh, 54, who won Barmer’s Sheo constituency as the BJP candidate in 2013 assembly elections, had announced at a rally in September that he is leaving the BJP. “Kamal ka Phool Badi Bhool’, he had said then, claiming that going with the BJP’s election symbol, the lotus, was a “big mistake”.
Pilot had welcomed Singh into the party, saying it will strengthen the party. He had said, “There is a long list of leaders quitting the BJP and the party should introspect why this is happening.”
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