New Delhi: Former Uttar Pradesh Congress President Rita Bahuguna Joshi on Thursday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
In the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, she contested against BJP veteran leader Lal Ji Tandon and lost by 40,901 votes. Experts, however, thought it was a good performance keeping in mind she was just given three months to prepare for the elections.
In 2012, however, Joshi turned the tide, defeating three times undefeated BJP veteran Suresh Chandra Tiwari by 21,753 votes in the Assembly Elections.
Rita Bahuguna Joshi has a strong hold in Lucknow and neighbouring areas which might prove a profitable deal for the BJP.
She held the post of mayor of Allahabad from 1995-2000.
Rita Bahuguna Joshi’s father Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna was appointed as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. However, his tenure was short and he was forced to resign by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1975.
Joshi, who had been with the Congress for 24 years, said it was not an easy decision for her but she had taken it in the interest of the country and Uttar Pradesh.
The former President of the Congress state unit told the media she had resigned her membership of the state assembly. She represented Lucknow Cantt.
Hailing the Indian Army’s September 29 surgical strikes in Pakistani territory, she said it was a “big accomplishment of the government along with that of the army”.
Bahuguna’s brother and former Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna joined the BJP some time back.