Congress leaders from Junagadh likely to join BJP today

As civic body polls approach, many Congress leaders, including corporators, are expected to join the BJP on Monday.

Junagadh: As civic body polls approach, many Congress leaders, including corporators, are expected to join the BJP on Monday.
Though the BJP would formally announce the development tomorrow in Rajkot, the party leadership hinted about the development on Sunday.

"I can only say that entire Congress unit of Junagadh city is expected to join the BJP. They will join us during a press conference tomorrow in Rajkot," said Gujarat BJP spokesperson Vijay Rupani at a press conference.

The BJP won the 2004 elections and came to power in the Junagadh Municipal Corporation (JMC).

However, during the 2009 elections, the Congress snatched power from BJP corporators by winning elections with a thin margin.

Since their five-year term ends in June, the election commission is expected to announce elections to the JMC soon.

Two days ago, Gujarat Chief Minister Anandi Patel had announced a package of more than Rs 300 crore for various developmental works in Junagadh, which is seen as a move to woo voters ahead of civic body elections.

According to a local BJP leader, many JMC bigwigs are expected to join the BJP.

"Though names have not been declared yet, it is expected that many Congress corporators and other committee chairmen are expected to join the BJP, which will further strengthen our party ahead of polls," he said.

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