BJP’s Kundanika Sharma defects to Samajwadi Party

Agra, April 16 (IANS) BJP corporator Kundanika Sharma who was granted bail in a case of inciting hatred and delivering a provocative speech at a condolence meet for a VHP leader on Saturday defected to the Samajwadi Party.

“At a press conference in Lucknow party office, Shiv Pal ji (Mulayam Singh’s brother) announced entry of five leaders in the party. Kundanika Sharma was also inducted and has been offered the party ticket from Agra North vidhan sabha constituency,” Mrigank Prabhakar, an associate of Sharma, told IANS.

Last week, the Samajwadi Party had announced ticket to Roli Tiwari Mishra from Agra South. Roli is a member of the state women’s commission and has been doing a lot of ground work for two years.

As news of Kundanika Sharma reached Agra, it caused surprise. “She was among the top leaders of the party and how could she have betrayed after such a long innings,” a party leader wondered.

Uttar Pradesh BJP’s president Keshav Maurya is scheduled to visit Agra on Sunday.

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