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Prabhu joins BJP online before taking oath

Suresh Prabhu during the swearing-in ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Sunday. Photo: R.V. Moorthy

Suresh Prabhu during the swearing-in ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Sunday. Photo: R.V. Moorthy   | Photo Credit: R_V_Moorthy

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The Bharatiya Janata Party’s instant online membership came in handy on Sunday when the former Shiv Sena member, Suresh Prabhu, was inducted into the party just before the swearing-in.Mr. Prabhu took oath as a Cabinet minister.



The Shiv Sena disowned Mr. Prabhu as its nominee for the Cabinet while the party’s official candidate, Anil Desai, was summoned back to Mumbai from Delhi airport. The Shiv Sena maintains that it was assured of two Cabinet berths including Union Minister Anant Geete, but Mr. Desai was made only a Minister of State, which the party rejected.



BJP sources said only a MoS was offered to the Shiv Sena for now.



However, while the Sena flip-flop was on and Mr. Desai was cooling his heels at the Delhi airport, the BJP quietly made Mr. Prabhu an online member. A Press Information Bureau release later said that Mr. Desai could not be administrated oath of office “because he was not available for the purpose.”



Similarly, the party made Ajatshatru Singh, son of Congress leader Karan Singh, an online member when it inducted him into the party on Sunday in the presence of BJP president Amit Shah. After presenting him a bouquet, Mr. Shah suggested that Mr Singh, his wife Ritu and son Rajvijay Singh, become online members using their mobile phones. Even as he was on the dais, Mr Singh dialled a toll-free number and became member No. 1004671837.

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