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Gourav Vallabh joins BJP, hours after quitting Congress


NEW DELHI: Hours after

quitting Congress

, Gourav Valabh on Thursday joined the

Bharatiya Janata Party

(BJP) at its headquarters in Delhi.
After joining the BJP, Vallabh said that he was ‘hurt’ over Congress’s silence when some big leaders in the party and its partners in the INDIA bloc spewed venom on Sanatan Dharma.
“I wrote to (Congress national president)

Mallikarjun Kharge

, voicing all my misgivings and emotions.

I was hurt by my party’s silence when some prominent leaders in the INDIA bloc made unsavoury remarks against Sanatan. I also publicly opposed our party’s stand on Ram Mandir (the ‘Pran Pratishtha’ of Lord Ram Lalla in Ayodhya),” he said.
Earlier in the day, the ex-Congress leader tendered his resignation to Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge, saying “I do not feel comfortable with the directionless way in which the

Congress party

is moving forward”.

Valabh said he can “neither raise anti-Sanatana slogans nor abuse the wealth creators of the country”
“I am a Hindu by birth and a teacher by profession. This stance of the party has always irritated and troubled me. Many people associated with the party and (INDIA) alliance speak against Sanatan Dharma and the party’s silence on it is like giving it tacit approval,” Vallabh said.
Referring to the issue of caste census, Vallabh said the party is moving in the wrong direction in this context also.

“On one hand we talk about caste census, while on the other hand we are seen opposing the entire Hindu society. This style of working is giving a misleading message among the public that the party is the supporter of a particular religion. This is against the fundamental principles of the Congress,” he said.
Vallabh also claimed in his resignation letter that at present the Congress’ stance on

economic matters

has always been one that is “demeaning” to wealth creators and the party’s view on every disinvestment taking place in the country has been negative.
He also stated that he was feeling suffocated by the party’s stance on economic issues.
Gourav Vallabh contested the Rajasthan assembly election from Udaipur constituency in 2023. However, the

BJP candidate

secured a comfortable win with a margin of over 32,000 votes. BJP’s Tarachand Jain clocked 97,466 votes as compared to Vallabh’s 64,695.
Vallabh had made his poll debut in 2019 from Jharkhand’s Jamshedpur East, where he bagged over 18,000 and ended up in third spot behind then sitting chief minister Raghubar Das and Saryu Roy.
(With ANI inputs)

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