In a major setback to ruling BJP in the election-bound state of Madhya Pradesh, State Public Welfare Board chief, having cabinet rank Padma Shukla today has quit the BJP and will be joining Congress, later in the day. She has resigned from the post and the primary membership of the party as well.
She has written a letter to the party president Rakesh Singh saying that she is constantly neglected.. With this, she has also resigned from the post of Chairman of the Board.
Shukla is expected to meet state Congress President Kamal Nath at Chhindwara and take membership of Congress party. She is with BJP since its inception in 1980 and quitting the party with just two months to go for assembly elections, will come as a huge blow to the BJP and affect party worker’s morale.
Padma Shukla is beleived to be upset with the party leadership for encouraging Sanjay Pathak, who contested against her in the last assembly elections, but later became minister after joining BJP. Padma Shukla and her supporters are marginalized.
Political observers felt ground reports and surveys have been suggesting that Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and BJP are struggling against massive anti-incumbency, and Congress is poised to win Madhya Pradesh after 15 years.