Haridwar : The daughter and son of the Congress MLA from Bhagwanpur in Haridwar joined BJP with five other zila panchayat members .
Ayushi Rakesh , daughter of MLA Mamta Rakesh , was elected kshetriya panchayat member from Telpura seat unopposed while MLA’s son Abhishek Rakesh lost in the election , after which they joined the BJP on Sunday .
Talking to the media persons , Mamta Rakesh said that her son Abhishek Rakesh contested from the Sirchandi seat but lost as locals did not support him , while her daughter Ayushi Rakesh won unopposed . ” Both are adults and have the right to join any party , but I am still with the Congress , ” Mamta said .
Apart from this , the only Zila Panchayat member sup ported by the Aam Aadmi Party , Anju ( goes by her first name ) from the Mujahidpur seat , also joined BJP on Sunday , while on Saturday , two zila panchayat members from AIMIM joined the BJP camp in Dehradun .
The BJP won just 14 Zila Panchayat seats out of 44 , but many independents , congress , BSP and other elected members joined the party , taking the seat count to more than 30 members , which is above the majority .
BJP MP from Haridwar Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank had earlier said that the party is going to form its board in Haridwar with a majority .