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Rajasthan BJP MP Joins Congress Weeks Ahead of Assembly Polls

Harish Meena was police chief in 2009-2013, was BJP MP from Dausa.

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NEW DELHI — Weeks before polling, the BJP on Wednesday suffered a jolt in Rajasthan as one of its MPs, Harish Meena, joined the Congress ahead of the assembly elections on December 7, reports IANS.

Harish Chandra Meena, former Rajasthan Director General of Police and MP from Dausa, Rajasthan  joined the Congress here in the presence of state unit chief Sachin Pilot and General Secretary Ashok Gehlot, feeling that BJP government has not fulfilled its promises.

Observing that people were unhappy with the Narendra Modi government not fulfilling its promises, Meena described joining Congress as his “homecoming”.

He had won the Dausa seat in 2014 as a Bharatiya Janata Party nominee defeating his brother and Congress candidate Namo Narain Meena. He had joined the BJP in 2014 after quitting the service.

Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot had welcomed Singh into the party, saying it will strengthen the party. He also reportedly said, “There is a long list of leaders quitting the BJP and the party should introspect why this is happening.”

Earlier another Rajasthan BJP MLA from Sheo in Barmer district, Manvendra Singh, the son of BJP veteran and former Union Minister Jaswant Singh, had joined the Congress in October.

The desertion of the party by a sitting parliamentarian, at this juncture when Assembly election is just round the corner, is definitely not a good omen for the BJP in Rajasthan. Meen’s exit from the party is seen as a big blow to the BJP, which is seeking another term in Rajasthan.

(With agency inputs)



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