2 Punjab Congress MLAs Join BJP Ahead Of Polls

Chandigarh: Two Punjab Congress MLAs have joined BJP ahead of polls. Out of those two one is a party candidate. BJP last week has tied up with Captain Amarinder Singh for the polls early next year.

Among the two new BJP joiners, one is Congress MLA Fateh Jung Singh Bajwa, the brother of senior party leader and MP Pratap Bajwa.

He is MLA from Punjab’s Qadian. The region now might witness a battle of the brothers in the election with Pratap Bajwa reportedly. 

At a recent rally, Congress’s Punjab president Navjot Singh Sidhu had even declared Fateh Bajwa as a party candidate. However, soon after that pronouncement, Pratap Bajwa made it clear to his party that he is also interested in the same seat. Sources say anticipating that he would lose the race to his brother, Fateh Jung Bajwa opted for a pre-emptive move.

The other joiner of BJP is Balwinder Singh Laddi, Congress MLA from Hargobindpur.

Another Congress MLA, Rana Gurmeet Sodhi, had joined the BJP last week. All three MLAs are, incidentally, loyalists of former Congress leader Amarinder Singh, who quit last month and launched his own party.

But they joined the BJP, instead of Amarinder Singh’s new outfit Punjab Lok Congress.

The BJP, which had till now played second fiddle in Punjab to ex ally Akali Dal, has raised its stakes in the state and plans to go big in the elections. Party leaders claim more Congress and Akali Dal leaders are expected to join in the run-up to the polls.

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