Six Bahujan Samaj Party MLAs in Rajasthan, who turned courts to the Congress in September last year, formally joined the party on Friday after meeting interim President Sonia Gandhi in Delhi.
The six MLAs include Guda from Udaipurwati, Wajib Ali from Bharatpur, Joginder Awaana from Nadbai, Sandeep Yadav from Alwar, Deepchand Kheriya from Kishangarhbas and Lakhan Singh from Karauli.
Soon after joining the party formally, MLA Ranveer Singh Guda said: “I shall stand strong to help Congress in difficult times like ‘Hanuman’. Even in 2008, six BSP MLAs had joined the Congress,” he added.
The six MLAs had earlier been supporting the Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government in Rajasthan from outside. However in September, they submitted a letter to Rajasthan Assembly Speaker CP Joshi informing him of their intent to join Congress.
This formal switch of MLA’s from BSP to Rajasthan’s Congress comes amidst strong statements that were passed by BSP Supremo Mayawati against Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot asking him “to resign” over the 100 infants in Kota’s JK Lone Hospital. The BSP supremo also went on to demand the Rajasthan CM to be “sacked.”