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BJP split group merges with Congress in Chhattisgarh

The Congress in Chhattisgarh received a shot in the arm with 12 MLAs, who broke ranks with the Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday, joining the party.

The merger was announced by the leader of the splinter group Tarun Chatterjee amid allegations by the BJP that they had been lured away by the Congress.

The MLAs had informed Speaker Rajendra Prasad Shukla in the presence of Chief Minister Ajit Jogi on Thursday that they had formed a new outfit Chhattisgarh Vikas Party (CVP).

With the merger, the strength of the Congress has risen to 62 in the 90-member assembly.

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