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Madhya Pradesh: Veteran leader Padma Shukla quits BJP; joins Congress ahead of assembly polls

Padma Shukla

Bhopal | Veteran Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) leader and Madhya Pradesh Social Welfare Board Chief Padma Shukla on Monday ahead of the assembly polls resigned from the primary membership of BJP.

Padma Shukla, a member of BJP since 1980 expressing his disappointment with the state party leadership wrote a letter to BJP state President Rakesh Singh stating, “I have been a primary member of the party since 1980 and have discharged my duties accordingly. I am upset because of the negligence and exploitation of the party workers in Vijayraghavgarh constituency post 2014 by-polls. Thus, I am resigning from the primary membership of the party.”

Speaking to media about his resignation from BJP Padma Shukla said,” I tried to work with Madhya Pradesh Minister Sanjay Pathak for 2 years, but that seemed impossible. He used to humiliate BJP workers. It was hurting me & damaging self-respect of my workers.”

Shukla who held a cabinet rank also resigned from her post of state Social Welfare Board chief and later joined the Congress party along with her follower in presence of Madhya Pradesh Congress President Kamal Nath.

Assembly election will be held in the state of Madhya Pradesh along with Rajasthan Chhattisgarh at the year-end.  The Shivraj Singh Chouhan led BJP will try to continue its winning streak in the state while the Congress party will try to utilise the 15 years of Anti-incumbency against the ruling governemnt.

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