Upset Congress leader Rita Bahuguna Joshi likely to join BJP

Photo of senior Congress leader Rita Bahuguna Joshi.

New Delhi: Senior Congress leader Rita Bahuguna Joshi is likely to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the coming days.

The Congress leader is upset over party’s projection of Sheila Dikshit as its chief ministerial face for UP polls in 2017.

Joshi is the Congress’ Brahmin face and daughter of former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna, she is said to be upset that her party projected former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit as its chief ministerial face for the upcoming Uttar Pradesh elections.

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Rita had led the Congress in the 2012 assembly polls in UP. The Congress, after its success in UP in 2009 Lok Sabha elections where it had surprised many by winning 21 of the 80 seats, performed poorly in the 2012 assembly elections. It won a mere 28 of the 403 seats despite extensive campaigning by Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi.

She is currently a legislator from the Lucknow Cantt assembly seat, and would have faced a difficult electoral contest with Samajwadi Party set to field party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s younger daughter-in-law Aparna Yadav there.

The Congress leader had started her political career as a member of the Samajwadi Party, but had later joined the Congress.

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