Rita Bahuguna outplays Rahul Gandhi and Prashant Kishor
One of the most prominent faces of congress in the Utter Pradesh congress party, Rita Bahuguna quit today after being with the congress party for nearly 24 years.
She joined today at BJP headquarters 11 Ashoka Road to join the ruling BJP in the presence of party president Amit Shah and other senior leaders. Her move, switching over from the Congress to the BJP is yet another pointer to the failure of Rahul Gandhi's leadership in Congress.
Her exit, will be a serious blow to the intensive campaigning for Rahul Gandhi . This will also confirm the doubts regarding people leaving the congress party due to the leadership of Rahul Gandhi. Also people will raise question as to why such important and popularly known faces are deserting the party and questioning his leadership.
At another level, Rita Bahuguna entry into the ruling BJP party at the Centre is yet another indicator that the BJP continues to be the biggest political magnet. A number of political leaders who have recently joined the party believe that it has realistic chances of coming to power in the February-March 2017 Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh.
Rita Bahuguna was in full praise of Narendra Modi after the surgical strikes by the Indian Army across the Line of Control on 29 September, she was all praise for Prime Minister Narendra Modi on social media.
Raj Babbar Said, Rita Bahuguna Joshi is a "traitor". "Betrayal has been a history of Rita Bahuguna and her family. Even her brother left the Congress and went to BJP," he said. He used the word dagabaj (traitor) repeatedly hoping that multiple uses of the term to describe her and the BJP would have the desired effect on the Congress supporters in Uttar Pradesh.
Raj Babbar had joined politics in Janata Dal under VP Singh in 1989 but found virtues in Mulayam Singh Yadav's Samajwadi Party when the latter splintered. Babbar got name and fame and prominence after getting elected to Lok Sabha twice and also a Rajya Sabha term from the Samajwadi Party. But later he joined the Congress when it was ruling at the Centre and became an MP from the party, first in Lok Sabha and then in Rajya Sabha.
She does not have a mass base but the fact remains that she is still the most prominent face of the two dozen-odd Congress leaders who had won in the previous Assembly elections in 2012.
In politics, She may not bring some real value to the BJP but she would surely be of huge symbolic value to the BJP. She has been a talking point for the past few days since the news of imminent migration to BJP first broke.
Time will only say how much she will be helpful the the BJP in the upcoming election and how much Brahmin votes she can cash on.