In a setback to the BJP in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh, chairperson of State Social Welfare Board, Padma Shukla, on Monday resigned from the party to join the Congress. Shukla also quit as the board’s chairperson.
Claiming that she felt humiliated after the entry of Minister of State for Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises, Sanjay Pathak, into the party from the Congress, 63-year-old Shukla tendered her resignation to state BJP president Rakesh Singh.
Shukla had lost to Pathak, then a Congress candidate, from Vijayraghavgarh constituency in the 2013 Assembly elections. A mining baron, Pathak had later resigned as Congress MLA to join the BJP in 2014. In the subsequent bypoll, he won the seat again.