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Lal Ji Tandon, UP BJP Stalwart and Bihar Governor, Moved to MP; Here's All About the Leader

Lal Ji Tandon, UP BJP Stalwart and Bihar Governor, Moved to MP; Here's All About the Leader

Lal Ji Tandon has served as the leader of the opposition from the BJP in Uttar Pradesh from 2003-2007. He has also been Member of Parliament from Lucknow.

New Delhi: Lal Ji Tandon will soon replace Anandiben Patel as the Governor of Madhya Pradesh as the latter was transferred to Uttar Pradesh on Saturday, according to a Rashtrapati Bhavan communique.

Lal Ji Tandon began his political career from his hometown Lucknow in the 1970s. He served as the Urban Development Minister in UP cabinet under Mayawati and Kalyan Singh. He was also the member of Legislative Council for two terms.

Tandon was close to the former Prime Minsiter Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He successfully contested the Lok Sabha elections from Lucknow in 2009.

Madhya Pradesh is ruled by the Congress party with Kamal Nath as the Chief Minister. Congress won the assembly elections last year with a narrow margin. But the stability of the Congress government, which has been surviving on a wafer-thin majority with support from allies, has been threatened especially after the recent developments in Karnataka and Goa.

In the 230-member MP Assembly, the Congress has 114 legislators and the support of two MLAs of the Bahujan Samaj Party, one from the Samajwadi Party, and four Independents, while the BJP has 109 lawmakers.

Verbal spats are frequent between leaders of the grand old party and the BJP in the state, with the latter regularly predicting the downfall of the Nath government.