The senior BJP leader Bhuwan Chandra Khanduri’s son, Manish Khanduri, joined the Congress on Saturday at a rally in Dehra Dun here in the presence of party president, Mr. Rahul Gandhi.
Welcoming him into the party fold, Mr. Gandhi said his joining the Congress would strengthen the party. Speculation is rife that the Congress might field Mr. Manish Khanduri from Pauri, a Lok Sabha seat held by his father.
The former Uttarakhand chief minister, Mr. BC Khanduri, was removed last year as chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on defence.
The Congress had latched on to the removal of the former Army General from the committee to target the BJP.