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Ahead of Shah's visit, local Cong leader of Amethi quits to

Press Trust of India  |  Amethi (UP) 

Local leader of Amethi Jang Bahadur Singh today announced his decision to join the BJP, just a day ahead of chief Amit Shah's visit to the constituency of vice president Rahul Gandhi.

Singh, who was a from 2003 to 2007 before joining the Congress, said he was "saddened" by the policies of the and felt "enthused by the development-oriented politics" of the


"I have decided to join the The projects which were started earlier have virtually slowed down significantly, thereby generating a sense of agony. However, with the advent of Smriti Irani (Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting and Textiles), there has been a visible shift," he told reporters here.

Mounting attack on the Congress, Singh said, "Despite having a at the Centre for two terms (2004 to 2014), no significant step was taken to ensure development, and as a result Amethi became synonymous with bad roads."

He said the "indulged in ignoring its workers, while on the other hand, Smriti Irani, despite losing the elections, showed inclination towards development and also showed honour towards the workers. This prompted me to join the "

Earlier, when Shah visited Lucknow in July, two MLCs of Samajwadi Party -- Bukkal Nawab and -- and one from -- Thakur Jaiveer Singh -- had resigned from the membership of the Council and joined the

Commenting on Rahul Gandhi's recent remark that the will do in six months what the Modi has not been able to do so far, Singh said the statement was "laughable".

"For nearly 60 years, the was in power at the Centre. When it was in power, why did it not do anything? Today it is even failing to play the role of Opposition," he said.

Heaping praise on Irani, Singh mentioned the 41 major works done by her in Amethi.

Showering accolades on Shah, he said the chief's "organisational capabilities" have helped the country to move forward on the path of development.

"Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the face of Pakistan has been exposed at the United Nations," he said.

Amethi, traditionally a bastion, had in 2014 Lok Sabha elections witnessed a high-pitch electoral battle between and Smirti Irani.

Though Irani lost to the scion, she managed to reduce his victory margin from around 3.70 lakh in 2009 to 1.07 lakh in 2014.

In the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls earlier this year, the won six of the 10 Assembly seats falling under the parliamentary constituencies of Amethi and Rae Bareli. Four of them were in Amethi, reflecting the change in mood of voters.

sources said the upcoming visit of Shah and Irani to Amethi was aimed at sending a clear message that the current dispensation believed in all-round development of the state and was not meting out any "step-motherly treatment" to the areas where the had failed to make a mark.

Gandhi had during his visit here on October 5 accused the governments at the Centre and in Uttar Pradesh of re- inaugurating the projects launched by the previous UPA regime in the district.

He had also mounted a sharp attack on the prime minister and asked him to address unemployment problem and farmers issues.

"If Modiji cannot address these (issues), he should say so and will come and do his work in six months," he had said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, October 09 2017. 17:48 IST
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