Shukla was in the BJP for three decades, but left the party in 2013 and joined the Congress a year later. She has been vocal in the past few months of the “BJP using Vajpayee’s death as a political tool”, and faced detention last week after she tried to enter BJP headquarters in Raipur with senior Congress leaders to collect “the ashes of her uncle” that had allegedly been forgotten, something the BJP vociferously denied.
Congress confirmed Shukla’s name as part of six candidates who will fight from Rajnandgaon district, which goes to polls on November 12, with the last day of filing of nominations being Tuesday.
Shukla was earlier MLA from Balodabazaar, and also MP from Janjgir Champa constituency, both while in the BJP. She lost the 2009 Lok Sabha elections to former Union minister Charan Das Mahant of the Congress, and in 2013, angered by the BJP leadership, quit the party and joined the Congress in February 2014. She then fought the 2014 Lok Sabha polls on a Congress ticket from Bilaspur but lost.
Shukla addressed the crowds at the Kisan Hunkar Rally attended by party president Rahul Gandhi and attacked the BJP and CM Singh for allegedly using Vajpayee as a political tool.