In another setback to the Congress ahead of the bypolls in Madhya Pradesh, its legislator Sachin Birla on Sunday switched over to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Birla joined the BJP at an event in Madhya Pradesh's Bediya, in the presence of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
Birla had won the Assembly election on a Congress ticket from Badwah seat in Khargone district in 2018.
Badwah Assembly seat represented by Birla falls in Khargone district, but it is a part of Khandwa Lok Sabha seat, where the bypoll is scheduled on October 30 along with three other Assembly seats in the state.
"MLA Sachin Birla joined the BJP in the presence of the chief minister," BJP's media in-charge Lokendra Parashar said in a tweet while sharing the video that showed Birla being welcomed by Chouhan, Agriculture Minister Kamal Patel and other BJP leaders on stage during a rally at Bedia.
Earlier this month, former Congress MLA from poll-bound Jobat, Sulochana Rawat, joined the BJP along with her son Vishal Rawat.
(with PTI inputs)