BJP has also realised after a series of setbacks in by-polls in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Rajasthan that it is hardly the political force it was in 2014 and would need allies to retain power at the Centre.
Shukla, a former BJP central office bearer who quit the party in 2013 after she was sidelined, has often spoken against the BJP on several issues in the past.
38 candidates for Telangana and 13 for Mizoram also declared.
A party leader said Bhagwat's Tuesday's statement was more of an effort to “test the waters” as the election season approaches, with chances of a SC verdict quite unlikely before the 2019 polls
BJP sources said initially the leadership was led to believe that the charges may not be credible and may find resonance only on social media and some urban centres.
Subhash Shirodkar and Dayanand Sopte met BJP president Amit Shah, and Union minister Piyush Goyal later announced the decision of their joining the BJP at a press conference.
Brutal killing of BSF jawan violates all norms and leaves no space for talks: Satya Pal Malik, J&K Governor
Malik said those involved in the killing of SPOs and the BSF jawan have been identified and will be hunted down soon
Congress has been trying to strike an alliance with GGP in both MP and Chhattisgarh. But the party may decide to go with BSP in both states.
MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his Rajasthan counterpart Vasundhara Raje have faced the wrath of the upper caste voters during their ‘yatras’ in their states.
The Bharat Bandh called by the opposition to protest against the fuel price hike and falling rupee pushed the BJP on the backfoot.
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