New Delhi, March 23 -- : Former Samajwadi Party MP from Mirzapur, Bal Kunwar Patel on Friday joined Congress in the presence of party president Rahul Gandhi and Congress General Secretary for eastern Uttar Pradesh Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.

Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Raj Babbar and the party's western Uttar Pradesh in-charge Jyotiraditya Scindia were also present on the occasion.

Patel, who was a prominent face for the Samajwadi Party (SP) from the Kurmi community, will contest polls from Banda Lok Sabha seat in the impending polls.

Patel was elected as a Member of Parliament on an SP ticket from Mirzapur Lok Sabha seat in 2009. In 2014, the party changed his constituency from Mirzapur to Banda, where he lost by a narrow margin.

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