Former BSP leader rejoins Congress

BDisha Chamber at the Congress office in Lucknow on Saturday. Express

Days after her father J N Chamber was appointed as National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) secretary, former Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Disha Chamber came back into the folds of the Congress party on Saturday.

Interestingly, Disha's political career has been intertwined with the career of her bureaucrat father - a UP 1980 batch IAS officer. Disha, who enjoyed the status of minister of state in previous Mayawati regime, started out as a Youth Congress member in 2007. In her previous stint with Congress, she was detained by the police on April 8, 2008, while taking part in a protest against the then UP Chief Minister Mayawati and immediately thereafter, her father, who was the then Principal Secretary (Home), was shifted to the less important Rural Development department. Later, when she was appointed as the president of Lucknow Youth Congress in June same year, her father was sent to Delhi as the Additional Resident Commissioner within two days.

But soon after, Disha resigned from Congress and her father was appointed as the Principal Secretary to the CM. Subsequently Disha joined Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and was appointed as the Vice Chairperson of UP Scheduled Castes Finance and Development Corporation on July 21, 2009. However, one and a half years later, on January 17, 2011, she resigned from the post and left the party, alleging "suffocation" in BSP.

She now rejoined Congress saying that she wanted to work for the people and the party offered the best platform.

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