Ahead of the crucial Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls in 2017, Congress may face a major setback as reports are saying that its former UP unit president Rita Bahuguna Joshi is likely to join BJP.
However, Vijay Bahuguna — brother of Rita Bahuguna Joshi — told ANI that these reports were just rumours and there was no truth in them.
These are just rumours,no truth in them: Vijay Bahuguna,BJP leader on reports of his sister Rita Bahuguna Joshi joining BJP from Congress
— ANI (@ANI_news) October 17, 2016
Vijay Bahuguna himself had earlier this year joined the BJP after he, along with nine other Congress rebel MLAs in Uttarakhand, were sacked from the Congress, which had led to the Uttarakhand political crisis and temporary imposition of President's rule in the state.
Ironically, before Vijay joined BJP, the Congress high command in Uttarakhand had asked Rita to persuade her elder brother Vijay Bahuguna not to align with the opposition BJP and return home with dignity, PTI had reported.
Congress had believed that Rita would succeed in dissuading her brother from taking a confrontationist course with his own government.
Rita Bahuguna Joshi had led the party in the previous UP Assembly polls in which the Congress had performed poorly. The party has projected Sheila Dikshit as its CM candidate for the upcoming polls.
News18 reported that sources close to Rita said that she was upset with the party for having projected an "outsider" like Sheila Dikshit as the CM candidate.
Rita is the daughter of former Congress leader and UP CM Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna. She joined politics when she was nominated by SP as its mayor candidate from Allahabad. It was after she won that election that she quit the SP and joined the Congress.
With inputs from PTI