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Jolt to BJP, Sumitra Singh joins Congress

Sources said Sumitra was not happy ever since BJP announced its candidate for Jhunjhunu.

November 29, 2018, 4:03 pm

Jaipur: In a major jolt to the BJP ahead of the Rajasthan assembly elections 2018, former speaker of the Rajasthan legislative assembly Sumitra Singh joined the Congress on Thursday. Sources said that Sumitra was not happy ever since the BJP announced its candidate for Jhunjhunu. She joined the Congress in presence of AICC general secretary Avinash Pande, PCC chief Sachin Pilot, former chief minister Ashok Gehlot. PCC chief and former CM Ashok Gehlot felicitated and welcomed her into the party at the PCC headquarters in Jaipur. Singh, who has been the member of the legislative assembly for nine terms, was the speaker during the first tenure of Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje. Earlier, Sumitra showed her disappointment over the party in relation with the Jhunjhunu assembly constituency. According to Sumitra Singh, the party gave the ticket to the candidate Rajendra Bhamu from Jhunjhunu constituency. He joined the party recently. She is not disappointed because she did not get the ticket, but because the party did not give ticket to a local. She will support the Congress candidate from Jhunjhunu now. Manvendra Singh, Son of veteran Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Jaswant Singh and Dausa MP from the party Harishchandra Meena joined the Congress earlier this month.

First published: November 29, 2018
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