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Sunil Jakhar Joins BJP, Slams Congress

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Mr Jakhar is in Delhi and has already met BJP chief JP Nadda.

Sunil Jakhar, senior Congress chief and former chief of its Punjab unit, has joined rival BJP days after quitting the grand outdated occasion. The previous Congress chief just lately give up Congress weeks after he was issued a show-cause discover by the Congress management over his criticism of former Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi. Congress’s coterie has now became a gang, he stated whereas addressing the media with BJP chief JP Nadda by his aspect.

Sources near Mr Jakhar stated that he could also be nominated for the Rajya Sabha and can be given some duty in Punjab and likewise can be instrumental in bringing extra disgruntled Congress leaders into the BJP fold. He had just lately indicated that he needed to stay related in Punjab.

Expressing sorrow over breaking ties with Congress, which he known as “household”, he stated he was sidelined as a result of he identified that the occasion cannot deal with Punjab in percentages and divide individuals over caste. “You may take away Sunil Jakhar from a celebration submit however cannot silence him,” he stated whereas on stage with Mr Nadda.

“I had a 50-year-old relationship with congress, my household has been with the occasion for 3 generations since 1972. I thought-about it household,” he stated, claiming that he give up Congress, not due to any private dispute, however “elementary points” with the occasion. There is a component of casteism within the Congress, however BJP has equality for all, he stated.

JP Nadda, who personally appeared on stage to induct the previous Congress stalwart into BJP, clearly stated that he would play a essential position for BJP in Punjab. 

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Mr Jakhar is a distinguished non-Sikh face of Punjab and is revered throughout occasion strains. He holds sway over many disgruntled Congress leaders. Mr Jakhar is the BJP’s second massive catch after Captain Amarinder Singh allied with BJP. He’s possible to assist the occasion within the upcoming meeting polls in neighbouring Himachal Pradesh.

Sunil Jakhar’s father, Balram Jakhar, was the Lok Sabha speaker from 1980 to 1989. A former governor of Madhya Pradesh as nicely, Balram Jakhar was an Indira Gandhi loyalist who additionally served as agriculture minister within the Narasimha Rao authorities from 1991 to 1996.

Sunil Jakhar was at 48 years of age elected as MLA from Abohar within the Fazilka district for the primary time. He was re-elected as MLA in each the 2007 and 2012 Punjab polls. Between 2012 and 2017, he was the chief of the opposition within the state meeting. In 2017, he misplaced in state polls however was elected as Gurdaspur MP within the Lok Sabha by-poll after the loss of life of Vinod Khanna.

In a dramatic public resignation, whereas the occasion was holding a three-day brainstorming session in Rajasthan, Mr Jakhar had stated “Goodbye and good luck, Congress” in a Fb dwell video after scathing criticism of former occasion colleagues who led the motion in opposition to him.

Final month, the Congress’ disciplinary panel had beneficial that Mr Jakhar be suspended from the occasion for 2 years and faraway from all posts.

The five-member Committee is chaired by senior occasion chief AK Antony. The assembly on what motion must be taken in opposition to Mr Jakhar was attended by members Tariq Anwar, JP Aggarwal and G Parameswar, moreover Mr Antony.

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Ambika Soni, seen as Mr Jakhar’s bete noire, was not current throughout the assembly.

The previous Punjab Congress chief had criticised former Chief Minister Channi and termed him a legal responsibility for the occasion after it misplaced to the Aam Aadmi Celebration (AAP) in Punjab.

Mr Jakhar had additionally been essential of the occasion management for selecting Mr Channi as Chief Ministerial candidate for the elections and had hit out at Ms Soni for supposedly scuttling his probabilities of being picked as Chief Minister after Amarinder Singh’s ouster.

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“This can be very unlucky that in the present day I’ve needed to go away the Congress after 50 years as a result of they put me within the “katghara” (witness field), and questioned my intent,” Mr Jakhar stated in the present day.

Amid the disaster in Punjab Congress after Amarinder Singh’s resignation in September, Ms Soni had stated she turned down a suggestion for the Chief Minister submit and instructed the management that solely a Sikh must be chosen for the job.

“You didn’t sever ties with me, you broke my coronary heart, you issued a discover, have been you all ashamed to speak to me? I’d have given all of the solutions,” he had stated within the dwell video.

Responding to Mr Jakhar’s remarks, former Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu had tweeted the occasion mustn’t lose him. “The Congress mustn’t unfastened (sic) #sunilkjakhar …. Is an asset price his weight in gold …. Any variations might be resolved on the desk,” he stated.

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