Padma Shukla quits BJP and joins MP Congress
After resigning as MP State Social Welfare Board chairperson, by virtue of which she held cabinet minister rank, Shukla (63) joined the Congress, along with 150 BJP workers, at a function chaired by MP Congress chief Kamal Nath here.
She was reportedly not getting along well with MP minister Sanjay Pathak, the latter having joined the ruling party from the Congress.
Shukla had fought against Pathak, then a Congress candidate, from the Vijayraghavgarh Assembly seat in the 2103 polls and lost by a margin of 929 votes. Pathak then resigned as Congress MLA, joined the BJP and got elected from Vijayraghavgarh in a bypoll in 2014. He was later made a minister in the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government.