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Jolt To Congress As Senior Leader, Considered Close To Gandhis, Joins BJP

Senior politician and former Union minister Suresh Pachouri, ex-MP Gajendra Singh Rajukhedi, and numerous others, including the party’s former MLAs, joined the BJP in Bhopal today, dealing a blow to the Congress in Madhya Pradesh ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

Mr Pachouri, Mr Rajukhedi, and other politicians joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at the party’s state headquarters in the morning, accompanied by Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Mohan Yadav, state BJP president VD Sharma, and former chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

Former MLAs Sanjay Shukla, Arjun Paliya, and Vishal Patel were among those from the grand old party who joined the ruling party.

Mr Pachouri, who was close to the Gandhi family, was Union minister of state for defence (defence production and supplies), and also served as a four-time Rajya Sabha member of the grand old party.

Mr Pachouri had earlier held several key positions in the Congress, including the post of the party’s Madhya Pradesh unit president. He was also the state unit president of the Youth Congress.

Mr Rajukhedi, a prominent tribal leader, was elected as an MP from Dhar (Scheduled Tribes) Lok Sabha seat on the Congress ticket for three terms – 1998, 1999 and 2009. Before joining the Congress, he was elected as a BJP MLA in 1990.

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