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Posted on Oct 30, 03:43PM | UNI
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLA from Devgadh Baria Tusharsinh Maharaol and religious leader Chaitanya Shambhu Maharaj joined the BJP along with their supporters here last evening.
Twelve members of Devgadh Baria nagarpalika also joined the ruling party in presence of BJP national vice-president Purushottam Rupala at BJP office here. With the 12 members crossing over to BJP, the NCP-ruled Devgadh Baria civic body would now come to the saffron party's fold.
Chaitanya Maharaj, a member of VHP's guiding committee, was with BJP few years ago but quit the party following his disputes with Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
Mr Maharaol belongs to erstwhile royalty of Devgadh Baria and was with NCP for quite some time. His decision to join the saffron party is said to have been driven by the fact that Mr Maharaol is impressed by Mr Modi.