According to news reports, Congress may lose MLA Rita Bahuguna Joshi soon, with reports suggesting that she is likely to leave Congress and join Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead of UP Elections.
Rita Bahuguna with Congress CM candidate Sheila Dikshit. Getty
Congress had earlier this year revealed former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit to be there CM candidate with Raj Babbar being their state head.
Though at present both Congress and BJP seem to be clueless about the development.
While members of state BJP have said the final call on this would be taken by party’s central leadership, Congress sources say they have “no indication” of her joining BJP and would talk to her.
She is likely to face SP’s Aparna Yadav, who is Mulayam Singh Yadav’s daughter-in-law, along with a strong BJP candidate who would be looking to win their old seat back.
Former Uttarakhand CM Vijay Bahuguna.Indian Express
UP is set to face elections early next year and at present exit polls shows no clear majority.