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Gujjar leader Bidhuri to join BJP, gives Congress the slip

A veteran of many parties, Ramvir Singh Bidhuri has been a member of the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party.

delhi Updated: Sep 09, 2013 16:10 IST
Atul Mathur
Atul Mathur
Hindustan Times

After keeping the Congress party guessing for almost a fortnight, former MLA and a Gujjar community leader Ramvir Singh Bidhuri has finally decided to join the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Bidhuri had contested his last election from Badarpur assembly constituency in 2008 as a Nationalist Congress Party candidate and was defeated by BSP candidate Netaji Ram Singh. He was elected to Delhi Assembly in 1993 on a Janata Dal ticket and won the 2003 election on NCP ticket.

Bidhuri said he will formally join the BJP along with four of the seven NCP councillors in presence of party president Rajnath Singh and in-charge for Delhi elections Nitin Gadkari, Tuesday morning.

Bidhuri was supposed to join the Congress party along with four other people including two sitting MLAs including his political bête noire Netaji, Okhla MLA Asif Mohammad Khan, former BJP councillor Dr VK Monga and singer Daler Mehndi in a formal induction ceremony on September 6. Bidhuri, however, gave it a miss. Sources said Bidhuri did not want to share the dais with Netaji.

He later told the Hindustan Times that he was not contacted by the central leadership of the Congress and would take a final decision only after talking to his party councillors and followers on September 8.

Bidhuri's induction into the BJP will give the party much-desired boost ahead of the assembly elections. Bidhuri's party won all the four wards falling under the Badarpur assembly segment in 2012 municipal elections. While the Congress party is looking to win the Badarpur seat with sitting MLA Netaji joining them recently, the BJP will now give them a good fight.

First Published: Sep 09, 2013 15:58 IST