Mumbai: Sameer Desai, a former corporator and nephew of senior Congress leader Gurudas Kamat, joined BJP on Sunday.
Congress had refused ticket to Desai from suburban Goregaon in the last month's Maharashtra Assembly elections.
Speaking to PTI, Desai, who was elected as a corporator on the Congress ticket twice, said the party gave ticket to "a candidate who was well-connected to Delhi rather than Goregaon" in the Assembly polls.
He joined BJP here today in the presence of state Minister Vidya Thakur and Mumbai BJP chief Ashish Shelar.
"For the past many years, the seat was given to NCP which we were saying was a mistake. It was proved this time as the NCP lost terribly there. We then took a decision not to take things lying down and then the option we had was BJP," he said.
"BJP is a party that only talks of development rather than regional or language based politics," he said, adding that over 2,000 of his supporters joined BJP with him.
Kamat remained unavailable for comment.