Lok Sabha elections 2019: BJP Dalit MP Ashok Dohare joins Congress, fielded from Etawah

Published on Mar 29, 2019 04:32 PM IST

Dohare was reportedly upset about being denied a ticket by the BJP, which fielded Ram Shankar Katheria this time. Katheria was moved from Agra to Etawah

Dohare is the BJP’s third Dalit MP and fourth lawmaker in recent weeks to switch parties.
Dohare is the BJP’s third Dalit MP and fourth lawmaker in recent weeks to switch parties.
Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By

Ashok Dohare, BJP’s sitting MP from Etawah in Uttar Pradesh, will contest on a Congress ticket from the constituency. This was announced hours after he joined the party in New Delhi on Friday, second BJP Dalit MP to do so after Savitri Bai Phule.

Dohare was reportedly upset about being denied a ticket by the BJP, which fielded Ram Shankar Katheria this time. Katheria was moved from Agra to Etawah

Dohare is the BJP’s third Dalit MP and fourth lawmaker in recent weeks to switch parties. Earlier, Dalit MP from Hardoi Anshul Verma and MP from Allahabad Shyama Charan Gupta defected to the Samajwadi Party.

Gupta has been named SP candidate from Banda while there is speculation that Anshul may also be fielded on SP ticket.

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    Manish Chandra Pandey is a Lucknow-based assistant editor with Hindustan Times’ political bureau in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. Along with political reporting, he loves to write off beat/human interest stories that people connect with. Manish also covers departments. He feels he has a lot to learn not just from veterans but from the newcomers who make him realise that there is so much to unlearn

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