Leaders from various parties join BJP in Uttar Pradesh

Lucknow, Jan 8 (PTI) In a big blow to the Congress in western Uttar Pradesh, senior Congress leader Thakur Dhirendra Singh on Sunday quit the party and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in the presence of party’s Uttar Pradesh chief Keshav Prasad Maurya.

Former UP Congress spokesperson and resident of Rabupura in Greater Noida, Mr. Singh resigned from all posts of the Congress on Sunday.

In a setback to Ajit Singh’s Rastriya Lok Dal (RLD), its legislative party leader Dalvir Singh also today joined BJP.

Singh, who was elected to the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly from Barauli in Aligarh on RLD ticket, joined BJP, along with his supporters, at its headquarter here in presence of the party’s state president Keshav Prasad Maurya.

Besides Singh, former BSP MLA from Karchana (Allahabad), Anand Kumar, Congress spokesperson Dhirenda Singh and others also joined BJP.

Speaking on the occasion, Maurya claimed that BJP would get absolute majority in the upcoming Assembly polls and said the party’s state unit requests the Election Commission to remove officers, who could affect “free and fair” conduct of polls.