New Delhi: In a major setback to the BJP ahead of next year’s assembly elections, Uttarakhand Transport Minister Yashpal Arya on Monday quit the saffron party and joined the Congress along with his MLA son Sanjeev.
Yashpal Arya and his son, along with their supporters, joined the Congress in New Delhi in the presence of senior party leaders Harish Rawat, KC Venugopal and Randeep Surjewala.
Earlier in the day, he met former Congress President Rahul Gandhi at his residence.
Wealth @Rahul Gandhi Welcomes Mr. Yashpal Arya and Mr. Sanjeev Arya to the Congress Party in the presence of Mr. @kcvenugopalmp Wealth @harishrawatcmuk Wealth @devendrayadvinc Wealth @UKGaneshGodiyal Wealth @incpritamsingh and Mrs. @DipikaPS pic.twitter.com/C84nOiS3TC
– Congress (@INCIndia) 11 October 2021
From 2007 to 2014, Yashpal Arya was the president of the Uttarakhand Congress and was a former speaker and minister in the Congress government led by Rawat.
He had entered the BJP in 2017 ahead of the assembly elections in Uttarakhand.
He represents the Mukteshwar Assembly constituency in the state.
His son Sanjeev Arya represents the Nainital assembly constituency in Uttarakhand.