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2 Independent MPs join BJP

With this, the BJP aims to expand base in the two constituencies.

New Delhi | Updated: January 21, 2014 1:37:02 am

Two Independent Lok Sabha MPs from Bihar — Putul Kumari, who was elected to Lok Sabha from Banka in 2010 after the seat fell vacant after the death of her husband Digvijay Singh, and Om Prakash Yadav who represents Siwan Lok Sabha constituency — joined the BJP Monday in the presence of BJP president Rajnath Singh and senior party leaders from the state, including Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Shahnawaj Hussain and Sushil Kumar Modi in the Capital.

While the party has not officially promised them a ticket for the Lok Sabha elections, sources said both will have a very strong claim for candidature in wake of the fact that both these constituencies were under the JD(U) quota in the NDA.

With this, the BJP aims to expand base in the two constituencies, otherwise dominated by Yadavs and Muslims. While Putul Kumari is likely to provide increasing upper caste base in Banka, Yadav’s entry might provide opening for the BJP in the erstwhile turf of controversial and incarcerated former RJD MP Mohammed Shahabuddin.

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