In a setback to the Congress in Punjab, 4 of its leaders and former ministers Raj Kumar Verka, Balbir Singh Sidhu, Sunder Sham Arora and Gurpreet Singh Kangar joined the BJP at the moment. Former Congress MLA from Barnala, Kewal Dhillon, and former Shiromani Akali Dal MLAs Sarup Chand Singla and Mohinder Kaur Josh, too, joined the BJP.
Union Ministers Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and Som Parkash, state unit chief Ashwani Sharma, and senior occasion leaders Dushyant Gautam, Tarun Chugh, Sunil Jakhar and Manjinder Singh Sirsa welcomed them.
Balbir Sidhu, a three-time MLA from Mohali, was the Well being Minister within the earlier Congress authorities whereas Gurpreet Kangar, who can be a three-time MLA from Rampura Phul, was the Income Minister.
Mr Verka, a distinguished Dalit chief from Majha area, is a three-time legislator and was the Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment and Minorities within the earlier authorities.
— Manjinder Singh Sirsa (@mssirsa) June 4, 2022
Sunder Sham Arora, a former MLA from Hoshiarpur, was the Business and Commerce Minister within the earlier Congress authorities.
All of the 4 leaders misplaced the 2022 state meeting polls.
Residence Minister Amit Shah got here to Chandigarh at the moment, the place met state occasion leaders. He then went to Haryana’s Panchkula and inaugurated the Khelo India Youth Video games.
Former Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, who left the Congress and shaped his personal occasion, has held the Gandhis accountable for the rout of the occasion within the meeting elections earlier this yr. Amarinder Singh had mentioned the Congress was “comfortably positioned” in Punjab earlier than he was unseated as Chief Minister.
After his ouster as final yr, Amarinder Singh left the Congress and floated his personal outfit, Punjab Lok Congress.
He has slammed the Congress Working Committee for making an attempt to place the blame for the defeat in Punjab on him as a substitute of “gracefully admitting” their “personal blunders”.
With inputs from PTI