Rajasthan: Congress Leader and Ex-Union Minister Subhash Maharia Joins BJP

GG News Bureau

Jaipur, 20th May. Subhash Maharia, a Congress leader and former Union minister, joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Jaipur on Friday in the presence of BJP National General Secretary Arun Singh.

Besides Maharia, retired IPS officer Ramdev Singh Khariwa, retired IAS officer PR Meena, and retired IPS officers Gopal Meena, Narsi Kirad, and Hemant Sharma also joined the saffron party.

“In protest against Congress’s false promises, corruption, Jungle Raj and inspired by Prime Minister Modi’s poor welfare schemes, Congress’ mass base leader, former MP and former Union Minister Subhash Mahariya joined BJP believing in five principles,” BJP National General Secretary Arun Singh said on Twitter.

Subhash Maharia had already tendered his resignation to Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge.

Maharia was in the BJP before he joined the Congress.

He was elected to the Lok Sabha in 1998, 1999, and 2004, however he was defeated in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, and the BJP didn’t give him a ticket in 2014.

Maharia was a minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government and the national vice president of the BJP’s Kisan Morcha.

In the 2019 general election, he ran on a Congress ticket against the BJP.

The Rajasthan unit of the Congress party is continuing to create headaches for the party’s central command, as simmering tensions between Gehlot and Sachin Pilot have surfaced just ahead of the state’s Assembly elections later this year.

The Congress party is looking for another term ahead of the crucial Lok Sabha elections in 2024.

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