In a season of desertions from the Congress, the main opposition party Thursday received a shot in the arm with two prominent BJP leaders from Rajasthan joining the party. The two Jat leaders, who switched to the Congress, are former Union Minister Subhash Maharia and former MP Hari Singh. Both hail from Rajasthan’s Shekhawati region.
Maharia, a three-time MP and a minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, is a prominent Jat leader and was once the national vice president of BJP’s Kisan Morcha. A four-time MLA, senior Jat leader Hari Singh had been a minister in the Congress government earlier and had been an MP once. He had quit the Congress in 2011. Independent MLA Nand Kishore Maharia too joined the Congress at the AICC headquarters in Delhi.