Delhi Polls - Why Krishna Tirath and other Congress leaders joined BJP

An old grand ship once hit may take time to sink, but sink it will!!!

Meanwhile, few 'visionaries' among them have been jumping the ship. Former UPA Cabinet Minister and Congress leader Krishna Tirath is the latest one.

Dalit face of Congress, Tirath joined BJP just ahead of Delhi Assembly polls. Tirath, who served as the Women Child and Development Minister in the UPA Cabinet, will contest the Delhi polls from Patel Nagar on BJP ticket.

Krishna Tirath, who has left the Congress alleging that there is no discipline in the party, has had her share of controversies during her stint with the party.

In 2010, the Central Administrative Tribunal had quashed the appointment of her son as anchor-cum-correspondent in State run telecaster Doordarshan News. The appointment was cited as 'arbitrary and irregular'. The tribunal found 'misuse of marks in the interview' and 'irregularities having vitiated the whole process.' Krishna Tirath was Union Women Child and Development Minister then.

While Tirath was the Union Women and Child Development Minister, she said that her Ministry is working on a proposal to make the housewives entitled to a portion of their husbands monthly income. Her own Ministry officials pleaded complete ignorance about her proposal.

While Krishna Tirath dumped Congress to join BJP after the party ceased to exist in many States, there were many who saw party's future long back - Jagdambika Pal, Birender Singh, Satpal Maharaj.

Jagdambika Pal - Citing communication gap between new and old generation political leaders of the Congress party as the reason, he left the party to join BJP in March 2014, just ahead of 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

Birender Singh - A Congress loyalist for more than four decades, Haryana Jat leader Birender Singh joined BJP days before Haryana State Assembly polls. When he was made the Union Rural Development Minister in the Modi Government, media reported it as 'Birender Singh finally gets his due'.

Satpal Maharaj - After he was bypassed to make Harish Rawat the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, an angry Maharaj left Congress and joined BJP in March 2014 just ahead of 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

Meanwhile, much to the Congress's leadership disappointment, Kapil Sibal will defend Mamata and her party in the Supreme Court in the Saradha scam case. While the West Bengal Congress wanted to attack Mamata in the Saradha case, Congress's own senior leader has come to Mamata's defence in the courts.

While these leaders may have been 'party' spoilers for Congress, they have now joined a progressive force. Let's hope good comes out of it.

Courtesy Niti Central


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