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BJP inducts 9 Congress rebels despite state unit’s unease

A week after Harish Rawat won the trust vote in Uttarakhand assembly, nine rebel Congress MLAs joined the BJP despite reservations of its state unit on Wednesday.The BJP leadership inducted the MLAs, including Vijay Bahuguna, after a long meeting with state leaders, including BC Khanduri, Bhagat Singh Koshiyari, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and state unit chief Ajay Bhatt. The state unit had expressed it’s concerns about the fallout of the Congress rebels coming into the party fold in the elections next year. according to sources.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The state leaders also conveyed that the political developments, the imposition of president’s rule and the trust vote had sent a negative message hurt the party’s image, sources said.There was speculation that a tenth Congress MLA may join the BJP later.The state leaders along with incharge Shyama Jaju held a meeting with party president Amit Shah.The final decision, however, was left to Shah.The state leaders felt Congress rebels joining the party could affect equations in constituencies, which the nine Congress rebels had represented and lead to more factionalism. The BJP leaders would also want tickets from the same seats.

Kamla Advani’s ashes immersed in Haridwar, Rishikesh

Veteran BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani on Sunday immersed the ashes of his wife Kamla Advani in the river Ganga in Haridwar and Rishikesh.Accompanied by his son Jayant, daughter Pratibha and 40 other family members, Advani arrived at Har ki Pauri ghat in Haridwar this morning and immersed the ashes of his wife, who died on Wednesday at the age of 83.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP veteran L K Advani with his daughter Pratibha Advani looks on as son Jayant Advani immersing the ashes of his late mother Kamla Advani in Haridwar on Sunday. PTIAfter spending an hour in Haridwar, they went to Pramarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh and immersed the remaining ashes in the river Ganga there, BJP MLA from Haridwar Madan Kaushik said.File Photo PTIUttarakahand BJP chief Ajay Bhatt, former Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, other party leaders, Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and Swami Chidanand of Pramarth Niketan Ashram attended accompanied them, he said.

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