"We are happy that Balihari Babu, a founder member of BSP along with Kanshi Ram, who built BSP brick and brick has joined the party," All India [ Images ] Congress Committee general secretary Digvijay Singh [ Images ] told mediapersons in New Delhi [ Images ].
Singh said the former BSP member met Congress President Sonia Gandhi [ Images ], who approved his admission in the party.
He added that old loyalists of BSP were being sidelined due to the opportunistic politics and policies of UP Chief Minister Mayawati [ Images ].
"BSP has now become a supermarket in which criminals are preferred," 59-year-old Balihari Babu said in a stinging criticism of Mayawati.
"I am joining Congress as I have full faith in the leadership of Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi [ Images ] and Digvijay Singh," he said.
The BSP has diverted from the path shown by B R Ambedkar and he was joining the Congress to fulfill the aspirations of the founding father of the Indian constitution, he added.
He was a member of RS and resigned this year.