MP BJP Minister's Brother Joins Congress

The Madhya Pradesh Congress, which has been blighted by desertions that saw three of its key leaders crossing over to the BJP in the last one year, finally managed to beat its arch political rival at its own game by poaching Ajay Shah, elder brother of state Food and Civil Supplies Minister Vijay Shah.

Published: 19th March 2014 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 19th March 2014 01:37 AM   |  A+A-

The Madhya Pradesh Congress, which has been blighted by desertions that saw three of its key leaders crossing over to the BJP in the last one year, finally managed to beat its arch political rival at its own game by poaching Ajay Shah, elder brother of state Food and Civil Supplies Minister Vijay Shah.

Although Ajay did not have any political background worth mentioning, he was presented as a prize catch at the formal function held at the state Congress headquarters here. And even as the latest entrant to the party got a rousing welcome, MPCC chief Arun Yadav and Leader of Opposition Satyadev Katare claimed that many more BJP leaders would join the party in the near future.

Meanwhile, commenting on his brother’s switch to the Congress, Vijay said he felt pity for him since he had joined a sinking ship.

According to sources Ajay had sought a BJP ticket to contest the LS elections from Betul seat. However, since the party had failed to oblige him, Ajay promptly sought refuge in the Congress.

Ajay, who is the present ruler of the erstwhile Makrai royal dynasty, however, denied that he had joined the Congress for any benefits.

“I have been a member of the BJP since 1989, but now it has become a party of impersonators,” he said.

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