Poll politics: Congress MLA joins BJP in Uttarakhand

Sun Sep 12 2021 19:30:54 GMT+0530 (IST)

Election politics are hotting up across North India. Five states will go to polls in the first half of next year and  except Punjab, the other states are BJP run states. Thus the BJP is in the process of recalibrating its strategies in these states. It has changed CMs in Gujarat and Uttaranchal and has decided to go ahead with the sitting CMs. Meanwhile, rapid political developments in Uttarakhand have put the Congress on the mat.

The ruling BJP has begun bringing back those BJP leaders who had joined the congress in the past. It is also targeting MLAs from the Congress. This is meant to further weaken the Congress Party. On Sunday, sitting Congress MLA Rajkumar has joined the BJP. He has said that he has joined the BJP as he was impressed by the party's developmental activities.

Significantly, Raj Kumar was a BJP MLA from 2007 till 2012. In 2017, the BJP denied him a ticket from his home constituency of Purola. In protest, he left the BJP and joined the Congress. After joining the Congress, he has contested from Purola and won again. In 2017 too, he contested and won on the Congress ticket. But, with elections barely ten months away, he has now come back to the BJP.

The BJP is trying to come back to power this time again. The party has already changed its chief minister thrice. It replaced Trivendra Rawat with Tirath Singh Rawat. Within four months, he was replaced by Pushkar Dhami. The party will go to the polls under the leadership of Dhami.