Ahead of Himachal Assembly Polls, 26 Congress Leaders Join BJP

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26 Congress leader joins BJP in Himachal. ANI

shimla: Several state congress leaders and members of the state, including Dharampal Thakur Khand, the former secretary general of the Pradesh Congress Committee, joined the BJP on Monday, just days before the assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh.

A total of 26 Congress party leaders resigned and joined the ruling BJP with four days left to vote. This comes as a major shock to the Congress party with less than a week left before the polls, according to the news agency ANI.

On Monday, Prime Minister Jai Ram Thakur explained the Himachal Pradesh “convention” of choosing a new party ever election poll and predicted that the BJP would sit in the government of the state for the next 25 years.

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During polls in Banjar in Shimla’s Kullu and Chaupal district, the CM said congressional leaders claim it’s their “turn” this time. “We tell them that they used to say the same thing in Uttarakhand and other states. What happened there? Have they come back to power?”

Among those who have joined hands with the BJP include Former General Secretary of Congress Dharampal Thakur, Former Secretary Akash Saini, Former Councilor Rajan Thakur, Former District Vice President Amit Mehta, Mehr Singh Kanwar, Youth Congress Rahul Negi, Jai Maa Shakti social sansthan president Joginder Thakur , Naresh Verma, Chamyana district member Yogendra Singh, taxi union member Rakesh Chauhan, Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage Shimla president Dharmendra Kumar, Virendra Sharma, Rahul Rawat, Sonu Sharma, Arun Kumar, Shivam Kumar, Gopal Thakur.

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The leaders jumped in front of Chief Minister Jairam Thakur and BJP’s Sudhan Singh, in charge of the BJP state elections. BJP candidate from Shimla, Sanjay Sood was also present on the occasion.

Others who switched sides with them include Chaman Lal, secretary of the District Congress Committee Devendra Singh, Mahendra Singh, former general secretary of the Youth Congress Munish Mandla, Balkrishna Bobby, Sunil Sharma, Surendra Thakur, Sandeep Samta and Ravi.

Chief Minister Jairam Thakur addressed a warm welcome to all workers in the BJP.

“Let’s work together for the BJP’s historic victory,” he said.

Earlier, the BJP’s national president, JP Nadda, expressed confidence in the party’s victory ahead of parliamentary elections in Himachal and said the people of the state trust Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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He praised Chief Minister Jairam Thakur for his governance in the poll-bound state and said he was implementing policies on the ground.

Speaking to the media in Solan of Himachal Pradesh, he said: “We are conducting a public information program in Solan. People are enthusiastic and have faith in Prime Minister Modi. CM Jairam Thakur has implemented policies locally in the state.”

Himachal will go to the polls on November 12, the vote counting will take place on December 8.

With input from agencies

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