In a major setback to the Congress party, ahead of Assembly polls, party legislator and state working president Ram Dayal Uike today joined BJP. Popular scheduled tribes leader, he had quit BJP in 2000 to join Congress.
Inviting him into the party, BJP chief Amit Shah described his induction as `ghar vapasi’. Amit Shah is on his two-day tour in the state.
Known for passing controversial remarks, Uike had addressed a gathering in April, where he reportedly said Congress would throw BJP out of power from Chhattisgarh and would resort to “sticks and bullets” if needed.
Meanwhile, prepping for the upcoming state elections, Congress has announced the induction of Ruchir Garg, former Editor of the Hindi news daily Navbharat in Chhattisgarh. Considered one of the most respected journalists in the state, speculations are Garg may fight the Assembly elections from Raipur.