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Cricketer Chetan Sharma quits BSP, joins BJP

india Updated: Sep 15, 2009 23:59 IST
Prabhu Razdan

Former cricketer Chetan Sharma on Tuesday quit the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Sharma had contested the last Parliamentary elections from Faridabad Lok Sabha constituency on a BSP ticket.

Briefing the media, Sharma — who finished third securing 1.14 lakh votes — alleged the party was ignoring workers who worked hard in the Faridabad parliamentary polls. “The workers are feeling neglected at the hands of some BSP leaders and are being denied party tickets for contesting the coming assembly polls in Haryana,” he said.

He alleged there were disturbing reports about the party leadership charging hefty amounts in lieu of tickets.

Sharma said BSP chief Mayawati did not know about this and his attempts to meet her were frustrated by these leaders. He specifically named BSP Haryana chief Man Singh Manheda.

Announcing his decision to join the BJP, he said: “I will work for the BJP wholeheartedly because it is not a one-man show unlike in the BSP.”

Haryana BJP chief Krishen Pal Gujjar was present when Sharma joined BJP.