Kishore Upadhyay | Photo: UNI
New Delhi: In a major setback to Congress ahead of February 14 Uttarakhand Assembly polls, former party state chief Kishore Upadhyaya is likely to join BJP today, said the sources in the ruling party.
According to the sources, Upadhyaya would contest the Assembly polls from the Tehri constituency.
Earlier, Congress released its third list of candidates for the polls which did not mention the name of Upadhyaya. This further increased the speculation of him joining the BJP.
Congress on Wednesday had expelled former Uttarakhand Congress Chief, Kishore Upadhyay for "anti-party activities". He was removed from the primary membership of the Congress party for six years.
Sources close to Upadhyay told ANI that he wanted the revocation of suspension from all party posts. He had conveyed this to Congress leadership too.
The All India Congress Committee (AICC) in a letter on January 26 had written: "Since you had been indulging in anti-party activities despite several warnings, so you are hereby expelled from the primary membership of Congress party for six years with immediate effect."
In a major turn of events in the state weeks ahead of the elections, Congress changed the seat of former Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Singh Rawat who will now contest the election from Lalkuwa, instead of Ramnagar.
Interestingly, Congress has given the ticket to the daughter of Harish Rawat, Anupama Rawat from Hardwar Rural constituency defying its own policy of 'one seat, one family'.
Uttarakhand is slated to go to Assembly polls on February 14 and the counting of the votes will take place on March 10.