New Delhi: Time always changes, this philosophical term is turning into reality for the Modi government-led Bharatiya Janata Party. After the coming back of the Modi government back into power, a mass exodus of politicians and leaders from their actual party has been observed.
Call it Modi wave or the bolstering of BJP across the nation, it is slowly weakening the opposition parties.
Former AAP MLA from Karawal Nagar Kapil Mishra is the recent name in the exodus of leaders. He joined the Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday.
Kapil Mishra, who was earlier seen with BJP leaders allegedly seeking votes for Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the General Elections, joined the saffron party at a function in presence of Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari and party leader Vijay Goel.
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Mishra was disqualified as a member of the Delhi Legislative Assembly on August 2 by Speaker Ram Niwas Goel on the grounds of defection.
AAP MLAs--Anil Bajpai and Devinder Sehrawat were also disqualified by Mr. Goel on August 8.
In May, Three MLAs from West Bengal, including Trinamool Congress-turned-BJP leader Mukul Roy's son Subhrangshu Roy, along with more than 50 councilors on Tuesday joined the BJP
In July, ten of Congress' Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) put in their resignations and merged with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). This trend, of party legislators deserting the Congress in hordes, is being witnessed across states.
On July 6, 13 MLAs— 10 from Congress and three from JD(S)— trooped to the Speaker's office to submit their resignations. That, however, was not the last of it, as the Independent MLAs supporting the government too put in their papers and extended support to the BJP in case, the saffron party forms a government.
Reports suggested several theories for the mass resignations, from a coup engineered by the BJP to fissures within the Congress-JDS camps coming out in the open
Even as the Congress struggled to handle the crisis in Karnataka, late July 10 evening, over 10 Congress MLAs in Goa— including Leader of Opposition, Chandrakant Kavlekar— broke away to merge with the BJP
Maharashtra is another state where Congress is ridden with factionalism. Party leaders in the state admit that with the Assembly elections due in some months, several functionaries within the party are looking to join the BJP
On Aug 5, INLD’s Ram Chander Kamboj, MLA from the Rania assembly segment in Sirsa district, who had resigned from the party and Naseem Ahmed, the legislator from Firozpur Jhirka, joined the BJP.
And now, Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav, worried about the exodus from the party, has sent a proposal to his son and party president Akhilesh Yadav to make efforts to rejuvenate the cadre after the Lok Sabha debacle