Rahul Gandhi’s Bhopal rally: Former BJP leader may join Congress

BHOPAL: Congress president Rahul Gandhi will address a farmers rally on February 8 in Bhopal.

According to the new Indian Express report, Dr Ramkrishna Kusmaria, known as ‘Babaji’ will also join the Congress at the rally as confirmed by a senior Congress leader.

Kusmaria is an old BJP warhorse, who was expelled from the party in November 2018 for contesting as a rebel candidate.

If Kusmaria joins the Congress, it will be a major setback to the BJP ahead of the general elections.

He was a front-runner for BJP ticket from Pathariya and had also staked his claim for the ticket from Damoh, but was denied nomination from both seats.

Kusmaria is believed to have spoken to MP Congress top brass and if sources close to the ex-BJP veteran are to be believed, then he has been offered Congress ticket from Damoh Lok Sabha seat, which is presently represented by BJP’s firebrand Lodhi leader and ex-Union minister Prahlad Patel.