Kishore Upadhyay | Photo: UNI
Dehradun: Former Uttarakhand Congress president Kishore Upadhyay on Thursday joined the BJP ahead of the state assembly polls.
Kishore joined the BJP in the presence of Union minister and the party's election in-charge for Uttarakhand, Pralhad Joshi and other senior leaders.
According to media reports, the BJP which has not yet announced its candidate for Tehri may field Upadhyay from there.
Upadhyay had won the Tehri seat in 2002 and 2007 polls.
Upadhyay arrived at the BJP office this n morning. Speaking to ANI before joining the party, he said, "Kishore will do something new now. Time has come to speak up."
Addressing the media persons after joining BJP, Upadhyay said, "I think Uttarakhand's development is only possible under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi and I want to work towards making Uttarakhand a better state."
"I am impressed with the work RSS and BJP have done in Tehri and Uttarkashi. I am grateful to Prahlad Joshi for giving me this opportunity to be a part of the BJP," he added.
On the reason behind his expulsion from Congress, the newly inducted BJP leader said, "A picture of myself with BJP went viral which was represented in a different light."
The Congress has expelled Upadhyay from the party for six years for "anti-party" activities.