Amritsar: Suspended Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MLA Inderbir Singh Bolaria and former district chief of the party Upkar Singh Sandhu on Tuesday joined the Congress which said Navjot Singh Sidhu too was “welcome” to join hands with it.
The two were inducted into the party by Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh in the presence of AICC secretary Harish Chaudhary, MLAs Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, O P Soni, Sukh Sarkaria and Raj Kumar Verka among others.
Welcoming the former Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leaders into the party, Amarinder said, “This is the beginning of the end for SAD. The exodus from Akali Dal to Congress has just begun and it will keep happening till the election,” he said, adding that there were several other leaders in touch with the party leadership who will join it “in the due course.”
Amarinder said Bolaria joined the party “unconditionally” and added that the entire rank and file of the Congress in Amritsar welcomed the two into the party.
Amarinder, who is also the Amritsar MP, said, Bolaria had a Congress background as his father had worked closely with him in the party before joining the Akali Dal. “It is rather a homecoming for Bolaria,” he said. DP
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