Senior Congress leader Rita Bahuguna Joshi likely to join BJP

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Rita Bahuguna JoshiCongress may face a big defection in the form of its former state party chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi joining the BJP.

Initially, tongues had started wagging after a few media reports appeared saying that she had met BJP president Amit Shah.

The Congress, when contacted, said that it does not know anything about Joshi’s defection. The party leaders said they would speak to her.

However, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said that the party’s top leadership would take the final decision.

According to those close to her, she is apparently upset with the party for having chosen an ‘outsider’ Sheila Dikshit as the chief ministerial candidate in the coming Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls.

An MLA from the prestigious Cantonment constituency, Joshi said she was looking for options outside Congress. All said and done, it will not be smooth sailing for her this time around as she is up against Aparna Yadav, Mulayam Singh Yadav’s daughter-in-law.

A veteran Congress leader in UP, Joshi is a key player in party’s vice president Rahul Gandhi’s team. Her switching sides just when the polls are around the corner would give a big jolt to the Congress, which is trying to revive its fortunes.