The so-called “surgical strike” on the Aam Aadmi Party in election-bound Himachal Pradesh was attended by prominent leaders of the party in the presence of BJP chief JP Nadda and Union Minister and state MP Anurag. Thakur.
Sources said that Thakur, who was quite active in the state recently, was behind the evacuation of virtually the entire AAP local unit to the saffron camp.
In the late night development, AAP Himachal Pradesh president Anup Kesari, general secretary (organization) Satish Tagore and its una president Iqbal Singh joined the BJP at Naddar’s residence in the national capital.
The departure of the top three Aam Aadmi Party leaders in the region is being seen as a major blow to Delhi Chief Minister and party convener Arvind Kejriwal and his desire to spread his wings in the hill states.
Kejriwal and his party colleague and Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann recently held a roadshow in Mandi and this is apparently seen as a trigger for defection.
Speaking to News18.com, Anup Keshari said that the workers who had committed themselves to the AAP felt humiliated by the Delhi and Punjab chief ministers and many more would leave the party soon.
“During the road show in Mandi, no one except CM Kejriwal and CM Mann was allowed to drive. No leader of the chariot was given a place. It was an insult to the workers (workers) and we are very proud of ourselves and cannot compromise our self-esteem, “said Kesari, adding that he believed the AAP’s” congressionalization “was now complete.
But who is behind the fall of UP in the state?
“We have come in contact with Anurag Thakur who is ‘An Ban Shan’ from Himachal. We told him we were insulted as workers. He tells us to do what we think is right. And that’s how we joined the BJP, “said Keshari.
Have they been promised anything in return? “This is the unconditional support we have promised,” added the former AAP Himachal president.
Meanwhile, Tagore attacked AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal on Twitter.
“Arvind Kejriwal, the hills and its people will not be deceived by you. Due to AAP’s anti-Himachal policy, its state president Anup Keshari, secretary general of the organization Satish Tagore and its president Iqbal Singh have joined the world’s largest political party, “he tweeted.
Elections for 68 assembly constituencies in Himachal Pradesh are scheduled for later this year.
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