In a major setback to Congress ahead of UP Assembly Elections, the party’s former state president Rita Bahuguna Joshi on Thursday formally joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in New Delhi.
Speculations were already rife that she is likely to join BJP ahead of the crucial polls.
She was welcomed to the party by BJP national president Amit Shah.
“Today, I resigned from the Congress Party and joined the BJP. It was not an easy decision to take, but I took it for the betterment of the nation and the state after a long consideration. My political career has been of 27 years thus far, of which I spent 24 years with the Congress Party and for 10 months with the Samajwadi Party. I worked for the Congress with full dedication and honesty for 24 years,” she said while addressing journalists after joining the BJP at its headquarters here.
“I am unhappy with incidents that took place in the past few days. Our country is struggling with terrorism and in this direction the Narendra Modi government took a very decisive decision when he gave a freehand to the India Army to cross the Line of Control (LoC), which included the will to accept any results that would have emerged out of the surgical strike, though the result was good,” she said.
“This happened for the first time and the success that we got was not only an achievement for the army but also for the government. When the whole world accepted that we carried out surgical strikes, I didn`t like the way the Congress and other parties questioned it. Words like `Khoon ki dalali` were used that saddened me,” Joshi added.