Raipur: In a major shock to the Congress party, its Chhattisgarh Working President and former MLA from Pali-Tanakhar Ramdayal Uike joined BJP on Saturday ahead of assembly elections. He was welcomed into the BJP in the presence of party President Amit Shah and Chief Minister Raman Singh and other leaders in Bilaspur.
He said: “Tribal leaders are neglected and not favoured in the Congress. There is a difference in what they say and what they do.”
The Congress has expressed surprise over Uike’s move.
As many as 18 Maoist-affected constituencies of the state would witness polling in the first phase on November 12, while the rest 72 constituencies would vote in the second phase on November 20.
The BJP is in power in the state since 2003 and in the 2013 Assembly polls, it got 49 seats while the Congress won 39 and one seat each was won by the BSP and an Independent.
(With inputs from agencies)