Jaipur, September 17
In a major jolt to the BSP, all six party MLAs in Rajasthan joined the Congress on Monday night.
Rajendra Gudha, Joginder Awana, Lakhan Singh, Deechand Kheria, Sandeep Yadav and Wajib Ali met Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot at 9.30 pm before visiting Speaker CP Joshi’s house, where they handed him over a letter to this effect.
“I have received a letter by the six BSP MLAs joining the Congress. This letter is sufficient and there will be no legal hurdle in it,” Joshi said.
In 2009, a similar number of BSP MLAs had joined the Congress.
The Congress tally in a House of 200 (two seats vacant) is now 106; the BJP has 72 members, Independents 13, the BTP, CPM and RLP two each and the RLD has one member.
The merger will give a boost to the ruling Congress in the forthcoming civic bodies and panchayati raj polls.
State BSP president Sitaram Meghwal and state incharge Dharmvir Ashok were not available for comment.
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