Bhopal: Ahead of polls, several Cong leaders join BJP

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Nov 10, 2014 15:07 IST

Amid resentment prevailing among committed BJP workers in Sagar district, BJP wooed to its fold several Congress leaders from Sagar on Sunday. The prominent among them is Sushil Tiwari, who lost to BJP twice during assembly elections. He also happens to be elder brother of film actor Mukesh Tiwari.

Besides, others who joined include a transporter Ashok Shrivastava, a hotel owner Sharad Agrawal, a colonizer Hukumchand Sahu and several others. Sushil Tiwari and Sharad Agrawal too are known as colonizers in Sagar.

These leaders along with their followers joined the BJP at the state BJP office here in presence of chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, state BJP president Nandkumar Singh Chauhan, union minister Narendra Singh Tomar, BJP national vice-president Prabht Jha and several other senior leaders of the party.

As per party sources, the defection was engineered ahead of civic body polls to give a setback to the Congress more on the financial front than the political. Transport minister Bhupendra Singh who belongs to Sagar played a key role in the defection despite opposition by BJP MLA from Sagar Shailendra Jain and his followers.

Speaking on the occasion Chouhan reminded the gathering of the fact that during their days of students politics he had shared a common objective with Sushil Tiwari. Due to their agitation during Arjun Singh government the latter had to bow before the agitationists.

Poll panel meeting

The state BJP's election committee meeting discussed the prospective candidates names for 11 Nagar Nigams. It was decided to announce the names in the next couple of days.

Those who attended the meeting include chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, state BJP president Nandkumar Singh Chauhan, union minister for labour and steel Narendra Singh Tomar, party's national vice-president Prabhat Jha, former chief ministers Sunderlal Patwa and Kailash Joshi, Arvind Menon, Faggan Singh Kulaste, Vikram Verma, Satyanarayan Jatia, Krishna Murari Moghe, Ramkrishna Kusmaria, Bhupendra Singh, Rajendra Shukla and Lata Wankhede.

BJP panel declared

State BJP president Nandkumar Singh Chauhan on Sunday declared the party’s manifesto committee for civic bodies elections.

As per the party’s media cell, senior party leader Krishna Murari Moghe has been nominated as convener of the committee, known as ‘Sankalp Patra Samiti’. The members include senior party leader Vikram Verma, ministers in MP government Kailash Vijayvargiya and Umashankar Gupta and former minister Ajay Vishnoi among others.

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