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Month after leaving Congress, Anukriti Gusain joins BJP

DEHRADUN: Anukriti Gusain, former Miss India finalist and daughter-in-law of ex-forest minister Harak Singh Rawat, currently under investigation by the Enforcement Directorate (ED), joined BJP on Sunday. She had resigned from Congress last month, citing personal reasons.
Speculation about Anukriti’s move to BJP had been rife since she left Congress on March 16.Before the Lok Sabha elections on Friday in Uttarakhand, Anukriti took to social media to endorse PM Narendra Modi’s policies and urged peopleto support Anil Baluni, BJP candidate from Pauri Garhwal constituency. She said, “I am confident that only PM Narendra Modi can realise the vision of a developed and self-sufficient Uttarakhand.”Anukriti had represented India in the Miss Grand International 2017, had contested the 2022 state polls on a Congress ticket from Lansdowne.
Her father-in-law, Harak Singh Rawat, who served as the forest minister in the previous BJP govt before switching to Congress ahead of the 2022 assembly polls, has been under ED scrutiny since Feb. Anukriti has also been summoned for questioning as part of the probe into alleged illegal felling of trees in Corbett Tiger Reserve and a land sale transaction. When queried, Anukriti said, “We will fully cooperate with the investigating agency. We have only been called in for questioning, not convictied.”

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