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Congress UP Vice-President Gayadeen Anuragi Crosses Over To Samajwadi Party


Gayadeen Anuragi switched to Samajwadi Party today.

Lucknow:

As the Congress looks to regain lost ground in Uttar Pradesh under the leadership of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the party received a jolt on Friday with its state unit vice-president Gayadeen Anuragi switching over to the Samajwadi Party (SP).

Gayadeen Anuragi joined the SP in the presence of its national president Akhilesh Yadav at a press conference.

The development comes close on the heels of another UP Congress vice-president, Lalitesh Pati Tripathi, grandson of veteran party leader Kamlapati Tripathi, resigning from all posts and primary membership of the party.

This came a few months after ex-Union minister Jitin Prasada, the son of former Congress leader Jitendra Prasad, crossed over to the BJP.

Prasada, a prominent Brahmin leader, was inducted in the Yogi Adityanath Cabinet on Sunday.

When asked about his joining the Samajwadi Party, Mr Anuragi, a former MLA from Rath in Hamirpur, claimed that he was not feeling comfortable in the Congress as he was not being heard.

This came on a day when Priyanka Gandhi Vadra completed a five-day visit to the state to review the party’s poll preparedness.

In the 2017 state elections, the Congress managed to win only seven seats in the 403-member legislative assembly.



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