Congress welcomes BJP rebel

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Meet Ashok Kumar Dohre, 48, a Dalit leader.

Sitting Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) MP from Etawah.

Was earlier in the Bahujan Samaj Party, BSP, and was an MLA between 2007 to 2012. He also served as a cabinet minister in the Mayawati government.

He has been denied a BJP ticket in 2019.

Dohre did not join BSP, but met Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday (March 29) and joined Congress.

Within hours of joining, Dohre was given a Congress ticket to contest from the Etawah Lok Sabha constituency

The ruling party, the BJP, has fielded former Union minister Ram Shankar Katheria from Etawah.

BJP’s MP from Uttar Pradesh’s Bharaich Sadhvi Savitri Bai Phule had also joined the Congress a few days ago.

Battle lines in U.P. – It is widely being viewed as a direct contest between the BJP on one side and a SP-BSP coalition on the other side. Both have almost 40% vote share, but the Congress has just 8% vote share. Therefore, the SP-BSP alliance had not considered Congress as a partner.

Issues. Till the historic day (Feb 26, 2019), elections in India were fought on caste, regional and communal lines. The emergence of small regional parties is the end product of this who at best can send 30 LS MPs each. All such regional parties have neither a  pan-India presence nor a prime ministerial candidate. Post Feb 26, the scenario has transformed. India has been deeply immersed in patriotism which cuts across all socio-economic lines. Thanks to Team Modi’s actions taken against terrorism. The BJP surges ahead of its rivals.