India, Jan. 27 -- In another setback for the BJP, Sameer Desai, a former Mumbai BJP secretary and nephew of late Congress leader Gurudas Kamat, on Wednesday joined Uddhav Thackeray led Shiv Sena. Since the last few months, several prominent leaders of BJP including Eknath Khadse quit the party and have joined Shiv Sena.

Desai who had joined the BJP in 2014, now officially associated with Shiv Sena on Wednesday at Matoshree in presence of the party president Uddhav Thackeray and other senior party leaders.

A two-term Congress corporator, Sameer Desai has also been the spokesperson of Mumbai Congress. Later, Desai had switched from Congress to the BJP. Soon after Desai's admission, he was given the post of BJP secretary by the party.