Within few months many prominent Congress leaders have left the party for one reason or another and joined its main opposite party BJP ahead of Lok Sabha elections. Not only leaders but many major alliance partners have also abandoned the Congress and the list includes Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, Trinamool Congress and DMK. Though they are citing different reasons but either the Congress is a sinking ship or quitting leaders have strong desire to come into power and be with the rising star.
On the other hand BJP party leaders are saying that strong leadership of Narendra Modi is the reason of this drift. All these leaders have come with a wish to see Narendra Modi as a next Prime Minister of India. Undoubtedly Congress is going through a tough time.
Some Congress leaders who left the party to join the Bharatiya Janata Party are –
Satpal Maharaj – The senior Congress leader who has huge following in hilly area (Uttarakhand) has recently resigned from the Congress and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He is a sitting member of parliament from the Pauri Lok Sabha constituency in Uttarakhand. Maharaj was really angry when he was bypassed to make Harish Rawat a chief minister. Even the Congress high command refused to accept his list of candidates in the Garhwal region.
Jasa Barad – He was the sitting MLA from Somnath constituency of Junagadh district. He left the Congress to join BJP. After joining BJP he said that Congress at present is in dormant state and India and BJP will surely grow under the leadership of Narendra Modi. Barad is also a president of the Gujarat Rajput Samaj. But before joining Congress he was associated with BJP. Earlier he left BJP in 1995 with Shankersinh Vaghela who afterward formed his own party known Rashtriya Janata Party. The party later merged with Congress.
D. Purandeswari – A former Union minister and daughter of famous actor-politician NTR quits Congress to join BJP. She left Congress over Telangana issue. She was unhappy the way the state has been bifurcated.
Jagdambika Pal – He was the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh for one day and now a part of BJP cadre. He wants to contest from Domariyaganj. It is the same constituency from which he won the seat when in Congress. He cited communication gap between new and old generation political leaders of the Congress party as his reason of leaving party.
Bavku Undhad – Congress MLA from Lathi assembly constituency of Amreli district who left Congress to join BJP. He said that he had no grievance with anyone in the Congress. He has joined BJP to fulfill the demand of people to see Narendra Modi as the next PM. Nearabout 80 supporters have joined BJP with him.
Rajendrasinh Chavda – Congress MLA from Himmatnagar in Sabarkantha district. The only reason he cited for his resignation from Congress is that he want to see Narendra Modi as a PM of the country. He said that Congress at present has nothing. Chavda moved to BJP with 1,500 party workers.
Suresh Kotadia, a son of former Union minister Manu Kotadia along with 80 Congress leaders left Congress and joined BJP. Kotadia called Congress a vision-less. Also the leaders of the party are involved in internal fights. Moreover the state is growing under the excellent leadership of Narendra Modi.
Vitthal Radadia and his son Jayesh Radadia resigned Congress to join BJP.
Another leader who left Congress are – former Deputy Chief Minister Narhari Amin, parliamentarian Vithal Radadiya and his son, Jayesh Radadiya.