Neta ditches Congress despite getting Lok Sabha ticket

Last Updated: Sun, Mar 09, 2014 12:38 hrs

A former IAS officer who was given a Congress ticket for the Lok Sabha polls on Saturday joined the BJP a later in an electoral embarrassment to the party in Madhya Pradesh.

Dr. Bhagirath Prasad was named as a Congress candidate from the Bhind constituency after the party released its first list of 194 candidates. Prasad was also the Congress’ unsuccessful choice for the same constituency five years ago.

But on Sunday he decided to swap liabilities.

NDTV quoted Prasad as saying, "After remaining in Congress since then, I realised that there is no situation in the party (Congress) where you can serve the people the way you want. It has a lot of divisions."

Raining praise on Madhya Pradesh chief minister and Narendra Modi, Prasad added, "The welfare of people is possible only through this (BJP) party."

The BJP however did not commit to giving Prasad a ticket but NDTV said, "Welcoming Mr Prasad into the party, state BJP president Narendra Singh Tomar said that a decision on giving a ticket to the retired bureaucrat to contest from Bhind would be taken only after a meeting of the party's election committee on March 12."

The state Congress hit back by calling Prasad a fraud. "I think there is a big money deal with BJP. Yes I am alleging he has taken money from BJP," state Congress chief Arun Yadav was quoted as saying by NDTV.

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