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Cong candidate switches to Modi gear at 11th hour

Cong candidate switches to Modi gear at 11th hour
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Congress Candidate Switches to Narendra Modi Gear at 11th Hour. In a rude shock for the Congress, Ramesh Tomar, picked by the party as its candidate from Gautam Buddh Nagar, better known as Noida, joined the BJP on Thursday morning.

Noida: In a rude shock for the Congress, Ramesh Tomar, picked by the party as its candidate from Gautam Buddh Nagar, better known as Noida, joined the BJP on Thursday morning. The switch comes just a week before voting is held in the constituency located in Uttar Pradesh.

Tomar posed this morning for photographs with BJP President Rajnath Singh and said he looks forward to Narendra Modi being elected as prime minister.

Congress Candidate Switches to Narendra Modi Gear at 11th Hour

"I am an old member of the BJP...I have realized that the nation needs Modi ji now...So I decided to rejoin my party," the 64-year-old said. This is Part Deux for Mr Tomar's allegiance with the BJP. He had quit the party in 2009 when his then constituency of Ghaziabad was assigned to Rajnath Singh. Mr Tomar had represented Ghaziabad till 2004, when he lost to a Congressman.

Noida is a Delhi suburb and an important industrial township in the National Capital Region or NCR. The Gautam Buddh Nagar seat was won by Mayawati's BSP but he has now switched to the Samajwadi Party.

The BJP's candidate is Mahesh Sharma, who currently represents Gautam Buddh Nagar in the Uttar Pradesh state legislature. Sources say if he wins the national election, Mr Tomar reportedly is likely to replace him in the state assembly. That's a more appealing prospect than running for parliament from Noida as a Congress candidate, because the party is expected to perform abysmally in the election, according to opinion polls.

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