New Delhi: Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections 2019, former BJP leader Savitri Bai Phule joined the Congress party in presence of party chief Rahul Gandhi and general secretaries of Uttar Pradesh Priyanka Gandhi and Jyotiraditya Scindia on Saturday.

Last year, she had resigned from the ruling party, saying, “BJP is trying to create divisions in society.” The MP from Bahraich, Uttar Pradesh, has long been critical of the party’s leadership.

“Desh ke chowikdar ki pehredari mein, sansadhono ki chori karai ja rahi hai (the country’s resources are being looted under the watch of the country’s gateman),” she had stated in a derisive reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Also Read: Savitribai Phule Resigns From BJP, Says ‘Party Trying to Create Divisions in Society’)

Slamming the BJP, she had said people did not get Rs 15 lakh as promised but money was being misused in the construction of statues and temples. “It (BJP) is spreading hatred by raking up Hindu-Muslim, India-Pakistan issues and doing nothing to bring back those who fled with our money,” the 37-year-old MP had said after resigning from the party.

She had also raised questions on BJP leaders dining at Dalit homes and termed Pakistan founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah, “a mahapurush” (great personality), causing embarrassment to her party.