Know what has happened that Congressmen are joining BJP, this time there is a stampede in Himachal Pradesh due to assembly elections
Ahead of the assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh, three-time MP Suresh Chandel rejoined the saffron party on Tuesday. He left the BJP and joined the Congress in 2019. Let us tell you, he was caught in a sting operation in 2005, when he represented Hamirpur in Lok Sabha as a BJP member.
Chandel hails from Bilaspur district of Hamirpur parliamentary constituency. Chandel, 62, wanted to contest against sitting BJP MP Anurag Thakur from Hamirpur as a Congress candidate. But the then party chief Rahul Gandhi refused to enter the electoral fray. He rejoined the saffron party in the presence of Nadda and Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur.
In a letter to Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Chandel wrote that he has resigned from all Congress and party posts. 11 MPs, including Chandel, were expelled from Parliament on 23 December 2005 for accepting money to raise questions in the House. Political observers believe that Chandel is an ordinary politician with a mass base in Bilaspur and surrounding districts.
A senior BJP leader told IANS, “It is wrong to consider Chandel a tainted politician. He has a vote bank because of his low profile and social service. Chandel, who contested the 2012 assembly elections as a BJP candidate for the first time after the cash-for-query scam, has been quite active in the region for over a decade and a half. Voting for 68 assembly seats in Himachal Pradesh is likely to be held in November. PLC/GT