Independent former MLA from Mundka, Rambeer Shokeen, joined the Congress on Sunday, claiming that his “faith in the BJP had eroded”. Shokeen joined along with his wife Rita, a ward councillor in the Narela Zone of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation.
Delhi Congress chief Arvinder Singh Lovely and other senior leaders welcomed the couple into the party. “The chain of allegations and counter-allegation by BJP did not go down well with us. Add to this the lack of work by the BJP in rural areas,” Shokeen said, giving reasons for his siding with Congress.
Shokeen said despite claims from both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah that there was no “dynastic rule in BJP”, “there is nepotism prevalent in the party,” he said, hinting at his constituency, which has been considered a stronghold of late Delhi Chief Minister Sahib Singh Verma. Shokeen, had defeated Verma’s brother and BJP candidate Azad Singh, also a former mayor of North Delhi, in the Assembly polls of December 2013.
Dismissing suggestions that he was loyal to any party before today, Shokeen said, “We had no political allegiance until now.”
Despite a poor show in the last election, Congress has seen an inflow of leaders from other parties. JDU leader Shoaib Iqbal joined it in December and, more recently, several leaders from the BSP were inducted into the party. Elections for the 70-member Delhi Assembly are expected to be held in February.