Sunil Jakhar, senior Congress chief and previous leader of its Punjab unit, has joined rival BJP days after quitting the grand outdated birthday celebration. The previous Congress chief just lately surrender Congress weeks after he was once issued a show-cause realize by means of the Congress management over his grievance of former Leader Minister Charanjit Singh Channi. Congress’s coterie has now changed into a gang, he mentioned whilst addressing the media with BJP leader JP Nadda by means of his aspect.
Resources with regards to Mr Jakhar mentioned that he is also 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 sought after to stay related in Punjab.
Expressing sorrow over breaking ties with Congress, which he referred to as “circle of relatives”, he mentioned he was once sidelined as a result of he identified that the birthday celebration cannot deal with Punjab in percentages and divide other folks over caste. “You’ll be able to take away Sunil Jakhar from a birthday celebration put up however cannot silence him,” he mentioned whilst on level with Mr Nadda.
“I had a 50-year-old dating with congress, my circle of relatives has been with the birthday celebration for 3 generations since 1972. I regarded as it circle of relatives,” he mentioned, claiming that he surrender Congress, now not as a result of any non-public dispute, however “basic problems” with the birthday celebration. There is a component of casteism within the Congress, however BJP has equality for all, he mentioned.
JP Nadda, who in my opinion gave the impression on level to induct the previous Congress stalwart into BJP, obviously mentioned that he would play a crucial position for BJP in Punjab.
Mr Jakhar is a outstanding non-Sikh face of Punjab and is revered throughout birthday celebration strains. He holds sway over many disgruntled Congress leaders. Mr Jakhar is the BJP’s 2d large catch after Captain Amarinder Singh allied with BJP. He’s more likely to assist the birthday celebration within the upcoming meeting polls in neighbouring Himachal Pradesh.
Sunil Jakhar’s father, Balram Jakhar, was once the Lok Sabha speaker from 1980 to 1989. A former governor of Madhya Pradesh as neatly, Balram Jakhar was once an Indira Gandhi loyalist who additionally served as agriculture minister within the Narasimha Rao executive from 1991 to 1996.
Sunil Jakhar was once at 48 years of age elected as MLA from Abohar within the Fazilka district for the primary time. He was once re-elected as MLA in each the 2007 and 2012 Punjab polls. Between 2012 and 2017, he was once the chief of the opposition within the state meeting. In 2017, he misplaced in state polls however was once elected as Gurdaspur MP within the Lok Sabha by-poll after the loss of life of Vinod Khanna.
In a dramatic public resignation, whilst the birthday celebration was once preserving a three-day brainstorming consultation in Rajasthan, Mr Jakhar had mentioned “Good-bye and just right good fortune, Congress” in a Fb are living video after scathing grievance of former birthday celebration colleagues who led the motion in opposition to him.
Closing month, the Congress’ disciplinary panel had really helpful that Mr Jakhar be suspended from the birthday celebration for 2 years and got rid of from all posts.
The five-member Committee is chaired by means of senior birthday celebration chief AK Antony. The assembly on what motion will have to be taken in opposition to Mr Jakhar was once attended by means of participants Tariq Anwar, JP Aggarwal and G Parameswar, but even so Mr Antony.
Ambika Soni, noticed as Mr Jakhar’s bete noire, was once now not provide throughout the assembly.
The previous Punjab Congress leader had criticised former Leader Minister Channi and termed him a legal responsibility for the birthday celebration after it misplaced to the Aam Aadmi Celebration (AAP) in Punjab.
Mr Jakhar had additionally been crucial of the birthday celebration management for choosing Mr Channi as Leader Ministerial candidate for the elections and had hit out at Ms Soni for supposedly scuttling his probabilities of being picked as Leader Minister after Amarinder Singh’s ouster.
“This can be very unlucky that lately I’ve needed to depart the Congress after 50 years as a result of they put me within the “katghara” (witness field), and wondered my intent,” Mr Jakhar mentioned lately.
Amid the disaster in Punjab Congress after Amarinder Singh’s resignation in September, Ms Soni had mentioned she became down an be offering for the Leader Minister put up and instructed the management that just a Sikh will have to be selected for the activity.
“You didn’t sever ties with me, you broke my center, you issued a realize, had been you all ashamed to speak to me? I might have given all of the solutions,” he had mentioned within the are living video.
Responding to Mr Jakhar’s remarks, former Punjab Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu had tweeted the birthday celebration will have to now not lose him. “The Congress will have to now not free (sic) #sunilkjakhar …. Is an asset price his weight in gold …. Any variations can also be resolved at the desk,” he mentioned.