"I was feeling suffocated in Congress," Uike told the media.
The Congress which is out of power in the mineral-rich state since 2003, has expressed shock over Uike's decision.
He later switched to Congress along with 11 other BJP legislators when Ajit Jogi was heading the Congress government in the state.
Uike was winning from Korba district's Pali-Tanakhar seat for the past three Assembly elections as a Congress candidate.
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