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Ex-BJP MLA Kanu Kalsariya to join Congress

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 

leader Kanu Kalsariya, who as a former BJP MLA had led an agitation against when was chief minister, today announced his decision to join the

Kalsariya said he called on Rahul Gandhi in today and discussed the current situation in

"I met today. We had a long discussion, which lasted for an hour, about the situation in After meeting Rahul, I have agreed to join the in principle," Kalsariya told over phone.

Kalsariya said he would be officially inducted into the Congress during Gandhi's two-day visit to Talaja in district beginning July 16.

He had served as a BJP MLA on three occasions in the past.

When he was in the BJP, Kalsariya had opposed setting up of in Mahuva constituency in district over environmental issues.

He had also led a agitation against the then BJP government headed by over the factory issue.

The environment clearance given to the company was later withdrawn as the then Congress government at the Centre backed Kalsariya.

After leaving the BJP, Kalsariya formed Sadbhavna Manch and contested the 2012 Assembly polls unsuccessfully.

He joined in 2014, but was apparently sidelined.

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First Published: Wed, July 11 2018. 22:35 IST