Jharkhand Assembly Elections 2019: Praveen Prabhakar quits BJP to join NPP amid polls, says party 'need to instrospect'
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: In a loss to the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) in Jharkhand, where are polls are underway, its principal spokesperson Praveen Prabhakar on Sunday resigned from the party. He will now contest in the ongoing state assembly elections from Nala on NPP ticket. To inform, Praveen was associated with BJP for the last five years.
He had been one of the founding members of the All Jharkhand Students Union (AJSU) that fought 2014 Assembly election in an alliance with the saffron party but are contesting separately this time around. He was reportedly found unhappy with the ticket distribution in the state by the party.
Prabhakar said that he does have any personal complaint against BJP but feel the aspirations of the people are being dampened. "The nation was progressing on all fronts, but in Jharkhand, the aspirations of the people were being constantly snuffed. I dedicated all I had for the creation of Jharkhand (as a separate state) and will continue to fight all my life for its development. I have full faith that I will get the assistance and guidance of NPP leaders in this endeavour..." he said as quoted by IANS.
On Sunday, he joined the National People's Party led by Meghalaya CM Conrad K. Sangma at its national convention at the Constitution Club on Sunday and was named a candidate from Nagal that will go to polls on December-- fifth and last phase of the Jharkhand assembly polls.
NPP's Jharkhand chief Raj Kumar Poddar, Shillong MP and Union Ministers Agatha Sangma and James Sangma were also present at the programme. The party was recently recognised as a national political party by the EC, making the eight to enjoy the status.
On this occasion, Conrad Sangma remembered his father and former Lok Sabha speaker PA Sangma, who had set the party in 2013 and his vision was that it not remained confined to the northeast but spread across India to serve the deprived.
Appreciating Prabhakar's move in joining the party, Sangma said that he would help the party raise its footprint in Jharkhand.
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