In a significant move, veteran Congress leader from Kerala C Raghunath has officially joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), marking the end of his enduring five-decade-long association with the Congress.
Raghunath, formerly the Kannur District Congress Committee (DCC) general secretary, had contested against Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan as a UDF (United Democratic Front) candidate from the Dharmadom constituency in the last assembly elections.
Raghunath's decision to leave the Congress was announced earlier this month on Facebook, where he expressed disillusionment with the party.
He highlighted a perceived shift in the genetic makeup of the present Congress, noting significant differences from the old Indian National Congress.
Despite his departure from the Congress, he emphasised his commitment to remaining actively involved in Kannur's district politics.
The move is expected to have implications for local politics, with Raghunath bringing his wealth of experience and influence to Bharatiya Janata Party.
Nayan Dwivedi is Staff Writer at Swarajya.
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