Setback to Cong in MP as Senior Functionary Narendra Saluja Joins BJP in Wake of Kamal Nath-Sikh Occasion Row
In a setback to the Congress in Madhya Pradesh, the social gathering’s state media cell vice chairman Narendra Saluja, who’s an in depth aide of former chief minister Kamal Nath, on Friday joined the ruling Bharatiya Janata Get together (BJP), a growth that comes amid Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra that’s passing via the state.
Saluja stated he joined the BJP after questions had been raised by members of the Sikh group over felicitation of Madhya Pradesh Congress chief Kamal Nath, dealing with allegations in reference to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, in Indore earlier this month.
A row had erupted after Kamal Nath was felicitated by organisers at a Sikh non secular occasion held at Khalsa School in Indore on November 8. After Nath left the venue, well-known kirtan singer Manpreet Singh Kanpuri lashed out on the organisers for inviting the Congress chief.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan welcomed Saluja into the BJP fold at his official residence. Forest Minister Vijay Shah and state BJP’s media cell in-charge Lokendra Parashar had been current on the event.
Congress’s state media cell chairman Ok Ok Mishra, nonetheless, stated that Saluja was lately expelled from the social gathering.
Welcoming Saluja, Chouhan stated that he has joined the BJP as he was impressed with the insurance policies of the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Saluja’s choice to hitch the BJP will strengthen the social gathering, he stated.
Saluja stated, “I’ve determined to hitch the BJP within the wake of protests after the felicitation of Kamal Nath in Indore on November 8, on the difficulty of his position within the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.” “The phrases of famous Kirtankar Manpreet Singh Kanpuri in protest in opposition to Nath’s position within the 1984 riots are nonetheless echoing in my ears since then. Due to this fact, I made a decision to hitch the BJP,” he stated.
Congress’s Mishra stated Saluja was faraway from his submit earlier as properly owing to his hyperlinks with the BJP, however after he apologised to Nath, he was reinstated.
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