Congress MLA joins ruling BJP in Chhattisgarh

DN Bureau

Congress MLA Ramdayal Uike Saturday joined the ruling BJP on Saturday.

Congress MLA Ramdayal Uike with BJP President Amit Shah
Congress MLA Ramdayal Uike with BJP President Amit Shah

Bilaspur: In a major setback to the opposition Congress in poll-bound Chhattisgarh, its state working president and MLA Ramdayal Uike Saturday joined the ruling BJP.

Uike, who represents Pali-Tanakhar constituency, joined the BJP in the presence of the party chief Amit Shah and Chief Minister Raman Singh in Bilaspur district headquarter.

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Uike, considered a popular tribal leader in Bilaspur division, said he was feeling suffocated in the Congress as Scheduled Tribes (ST) leaders were being neglected by the party leadership.

In a press conference held in Bilaspur in the presence of the chief minister as well BJP state unit president Dharamlal Kaushik, he announced that he joined the BJP.

BJP addressing Press Conference in Bilaspur

"I had been feeling suffocated in Congress for the last several years. Congress has diverted from its ideology and principles. The CD politics of Congress has tarnished its image. State Congress chief Bhupesh Baghel has maligned the image of the party by encouraging the obscene CD politics," he said.

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Uike was apparently referring to a case of circulation of a 'sex CD' purportedly featuring a state minister, in which Baghel was named as one of the five accused.

He further said his party high command did not pay attention to his demand to remove Baghel from the post of state unit president. (PTI)

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