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Big Jolt at AAP in Himachal Pradesh as state unit chief joins BJP

New Delhi: During a tour of Mandi constituency a few days ago, Anup Kesari, the chairman of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) of Himachal Pradesh, joined the BJP along with two other party activists, expressing their displeasure at the against AAP national leader Arvind Kejriwal, accusing him of “being uneducated.”

In a blow to the AAP in Himachal Pradesh, State Unit Chairman Anup Kesari, the organisation’s General Secretary Satish Thakur and Una District Chief Iqbal Singh joined the BJP in JP Nadda’s residence in New Delhi.

Speaking to ANI, Mr Kesari said: “We have worked around the clock with utmost honesty and dedication for the AAP for the past eight years in Himachal Pradesh. However, Arvind Kejriwal has neglected state party workers when he came for a rally and roadshow in Mandi.In hill state, AAP workers took this ignorance as an insult and left the party out of respect self.

“We are very disappointed with him (Kejriwal). He could not even turn his eyes towards us who are working day and night for the party. Only Arvind Kejriwal and Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann were the highlights of the roadshow at Mandi,” said said Mr said Kesari.

After joining the BJP, he promised Union Minister Anurag Thakur and National Party Chairman JP Nadda that he would work even harder to bring the party back to power in the upcoming assembly elections.

Satish Thakur and Iqbal Singh both cited the same reason for leaving the AAP, saying workers who had pledged allegiance to the party were humiliated by the chief ministers of Delhi and Punjab during a tour in Mandi, in Himachal Pradesh.

“We felt insulted and ignored during the April 6 tour. So we decided to join the BJP to work under Prime Minister Narendra Modi and serve the people of Himachal Pradesh,” Mr Thakur said. .

Mr Singh said: “Only Arvind Kejriwal and Bhagwant Mann went on the tour. They didn’t bother to interact with the Himachal Pradesh party workers. They ignored and insulted us. Hence , we joined the BJP.”

Anurag Thakur welcomed the three top AAP leaders to the BJP, saying their presence and support will help the party maintain power in Himachal Pradesh.

During the tour, he also berated Kejriwal for disparaging his own party employees.

“On the one hand, Kejriwal talks about his party all the time, and on the other, he neglected and insulted his own dedicated workers. During the roadshow in Mandi, except for CM Kejriwal and CM Mann, no one “were allowed to ride in the vehicle. No leader was granted a place on the rath (vehicle). Their entry will strengthen our party,” the minister said.

After a landslide victory in Punjab, the AAP is now eyeing Himachal Pradesh. Assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh are scheduled for December this year. The AAP will now contest all 68 seats in the Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections.