BJP MP Udit Raj joins Congress after party denies ticket from North West Delhi

Udit Raj (L) with Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday.

BJP sitting MP from North West Delhi Lok Sabha seat Udit Raj joined the Congress on Wednesday.

This comes a day after the BJP announced singer Hans Raj Hans’ candidature from North-West Delhi Lok Sabha constituency.

Udit Raj had said that he would resign from the party if he is denied ticket to contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from the capital city.

He wrote on Twitter, “I still hopeful that I will file nomination from my constituency and BJP where I have worked hard and proved my metal. I hope I will not be forced to leave BJP by BJP itself.”

However, the BJP on Sunday renominated Union Minister Harsh Vardhan from Chandni Chowk, Manoj Tiwari from North East Delhi, Parvesh Verma (West Delhi) and Ramesh Bidhuri (South Delhi).

In 2014, Udit Raj had merged his Indian Justice Party with the BJP ahead of the general elections.

Polling in Delhi will be held on May 12, and results will be declared on May 23.

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