Bavku Undhad, Congress MLA from Lathi-Liliya Assembly constituency in Saurashtra, joined the BJP on Monday. With this, he resigned as an MLA and primary member of the Congress.
He was welcomed back to the BJP by state BJP president R C Faldu and outgoing Rajya Sabha member Purshottam Rupala, who termed the development as “homecoming”.
Undhad said that he had no grievance or dissatisfaction against anyone in the Congress till quitting the party.
“But looking at the current political situation in the whole country, with people eager to see Modi as the next PM, I have rejoined my mother organisation today to fulfil the people’s demand of making Narendrabhai the next Prime Minister,” he said, adding that nearly 80 supporters had joined the BJP with him.
Asked how would he face his committed voters, who had voted for him because he was a Congress candidate, Undhad said that he had convinced all of them about the need to join the BJP to make Modi PM.
Asked about his earlier stand on Modi, when he had called him a “dictator”, Undhad said, “Whatever I said at that time, I did that as part of my being an Opposition MLA and as per the directions issued by my erstwhile seniors.” So, how did his heart change now and did his conscience not bite him? To this, he said, “The need of the time is to help Narendrabhai in the interest of the nation.”
Asked if he wanted to contest the Amreli Lok Sabha seat from the BJP in the coming elections, he said, “Not in Lok Sabha, but I will love to contest the Lathi-Lililya Assembly by-election. But the party decision will be final.”