Chandigarh:Ignored by their parent political parties, a number of turncoats who have joined Punjab Congress, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) have been creating stagnation for loyal and young promising leaders working to strengthen their outfits since years hoping a bright future.
The loyalist leaders and workers in almost every political party were facing the similar fate and feel suffocated with the induction of the turncoats at key posts by the top leaderships of their respective parties.
Ahead Punjab Assembly polls, this all started with Manpreet Singh Badal, founder of People’s Party of Punjab (PPP) and former SAD leader, joined the Congress after merging his outfit with the Punjab Congress. Subsequently, his close associated and a founder member of PPP, Gurpreet Singh Bhatti joined the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
Former Akali leader Sucha Singh Chhotepur joined the AAP and was appointed Punjab convener which caused heartburn for certain part leaders. Subsequently, his was ‘shown the doors’ following corruption allegations and by this time he had virtually stabilised the party in Punjab at grass root level.
More Punjab Congress leaders including its spokesperson and MLA from Bholath Sukhpal Singh Khaira also changed their loyalties and joined the AAP in December 2015. This gave a breather to the AAP and helped spreading its roots in Punjab.
A day after, 34 SAD leader and 21 AAP activists joined the Punjab Congress under the leadership of Capt Amarinder Singh at a rally in Sunam.
Apart from this, former Akali leaders Inderbir Singh Bolaria and Upkar Singh Sandhu also joined the Congress in Amritsar in October, 2016.
With the Punjab Assembly approaching ahead, senior SAD leaders including Varinder Singh Bajwa, former MP from Hoshiarpur, Swaran Singh Phillaur, a six-time SAD MLA, resigned from the SAD after they were denied tickets and joined hand with Capt Amarinder Singh, Punjab Congress Chief.
Ignoring the party workers, the SAD even went ahead and gave party tickets to two turncoats -Seth Satpal Mall and Baldev Singh Khaira (Phillaur), who after quitting the Congress and BSP, respectively, joined hands with Sukhbir Badal.
Worried about their political future, the young leaders, on the condition of anonymity, claimed that the top leadership has been adjusting the turncoats at the cost of their hard-earned space and good will in the party.
The trend has not only demoralizing the promising leaders but also forcing them to shift to either float alternative political front to quit the politics, claimed a SAD leader.
Punjab Congress chief Capt Amarinder Singh claims that the dovetail will strengthen the party. Amarinder Raja Warring, Indian Youth Congress President, however, was not available for
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