New Delhi: Former Congress Lok Sabha MP Ashok Tanwar, who was earlier a close aide of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, on Tuesday joined the Mamata Banerjee-led All India Trinamool Congress here.
"Today, former @INCIndia MP Ashok Tanwar joined the Trinamool Congress family in the presence of @MamataOfficial and @abhishekaitc. As a prominent face in Haryana and an experienced politician, we are certain that together we shall ensure the welfare of all people," read a post on the official Twitter handle of TMC.
Tanwar, who was Congress Lok Sabha MP from Sirsa during 2009-14, had quit the party days ahead of the Haryana Assembly elections in October 2019. He had accused the party top brass, including the then Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, of bungling in ticket distribution.
He was replaced by Kumari Selja as the state party chief while former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda was made the Congress legislative party leader.
"Ashok Tanwar is a well-known name in Haryana politics and a credible Dalit face in north India. TMC is the right place for him. He will play a seminal role in the TMC as also in the role of a TMC leader in north Indian states," a close aide of Tanwar told News24.
The TMC seems to be replicating BJP's strategy in West Bengal elections in its attempt to expnand to non-Bengali-speaking states. The BJP had targeted non-upper caste communities in West Bengal as its strategy for polls and had done quite well though it failed to make the cut for making a government in the state.