Krishna Tirath surprises Congress by joining BJP

Krishna Tirath is the third high profile woman to have joined the BJP ahead of 7th February Delhi assembly elections after former IPS officer Kiran Bedi and ex-AAP leader Shazia Ilmi


Former union minister and Congress leader from Delhi Krishna Tirath on Monday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). This would embarrass Congress, which lashed out at BJP for importing leaders in desperation ahead of Delhi assembly election.
Tirath, a Congress veteran from Delhi, was welcomed in the party fold by BJP chief Amit Shah with a bouquet of flowers.
The former minister for Woman and Child Development in Manmohan Singh-led government was accompanied by in-charge of party affairs in Delhi Prabhat Jha and city unit BJP president Satish Upadhyay.
"It is a question of ideology. I met BJP President Amit Shah to serve the people.... I have come with this aim," Tirath, who was a member of the Delhi Legislative Assembly between 1984-2004 and the North West Delhi MP from 2004 till 2014, said after meeting Shah.
On what would be her role in the BJP, she said the party chief will decide that and added, "My role will be towards public service."
Congress appeared to be taken aback by Tirath's move to desert the party. Congress leader Ajay Maken said it showed the "nervousness and desperation" of BJP, which is ready to bring any leader in the party fold ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally evoked a "lukewarm" response.
"They have to import leaders from other parties because they have no faith in their own leaders," he said.
Tirath is the third high profile woman to have joined the BJP in the past week ahead of 7th February Delhi assembly elections after former IPS officer Kiran Bedi and ex-AAP leader Shazia Ilmi.
BJP welcomed Tirath's move with party's national secretary Shrikant Sharma saying, "leaders of other parties are inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's agenda of development and want to see that Delhi develops as a world-class city and that is why they are joining BJP."
Tirath's joining BJP is viewed as an attempt by the party to woo dalit voters in the national capital.
Shah too had started his poll campaign by addressing a dalit rally.
Delhi has 12 reserved seats of which a majority were won by the AAP in the last assembly polls in 2013, with BJP winning only two while Congress got one.
Tirath was earlier a member of the Delhi Assembly and a Minister in the Shiela Dikshit-led Delhi government having portfolios of Social Welfare, SC & ST and Labour & Employment.
She has been a former Deputy Speaker of Delhi Legislative Assembly and a former Chairperson of Delhi Scheduled Castes Financial and Development Corporation (DSFDC).
Tirath was the North West Delhi MP since 2004 and has been Minister of State (Independent Charge) Women and Child Development in the previous UPA government.


Bank strike: 10 lakh employees to go on four day strike from 21st January
The four-day strike of employees from nationalised banks will have the impact of six days as 25th is a Sunday and 26th January is national holiday
Employees from public sector bank (PSBs) have decided to go on a four-day strike from 21st January 21 to protest against the rigid and callous attitude of union government in resolving the long pending wage revision issue. However, this four-day strike would cripple the banking for six days with 25th January being a Sunday and 26th January, the Republic Day holiday.
Deepak Kumar Sharma, state secretary of All India Bank Officers’ Confederation (AIBOC), said, it was decided to hold one day strike on 7th January, which was deferred on the request of Indian Banks' Association (IBA) for finding an amicable solution.
The decision is in response to the strike call given by United Forum of Bank Unions (UBFU), which has more than 10 lakh employees and officers of banking Industry under its umbrella.
“As there was no fresh proposal of hike from the side of IBA during this period, UFBU has decided to go ahead with the four-day strike which will have the impact of six days as 25th is Sunday and 26th January is national holiday,” Sharma added.
The wage revision for bank employees is due from 1 November 2012, he said.
UFBU has been requesting, since the start of negotiations, a time-bound approach to hold the negotiations on its demands and for conclusion of wage settlement within a reasonable time but there is no significant progress in the wage negotiations despite a lapse of two years’ time, he said.
He claimed that despite disparity in wages and hardships of unlimited working hours, the employees of the banking industry, the backbone of the economy, are denied their due share.
Sharma said this was despite the workers being recognised by all for achieving all National/Social objectives set before them including opening of Jan-Dhan Yojana Accounts“.
He said the Public Sector bank employees have also decided to go on an indefinite strike from March 16 onwards and that the notice in this regard has already been served by UFBU to the IBA.




Pramod Chaturvedi

3 years ago

We don't mind if Efficient Bank Employees are paid well but go to any Nationalized Bank & notice how the employees work.


Sandeep Moharana

In Reply to Pramod Chaturvedi 3 years ago

You do three people's work alone then speak about it
9 to 9

How do you think psb employees respond
Kahan kahan se ajate hain chutiye sale
Kuchh bhi bolte hain

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