Chandigarh: Just before Punjab elections, politicians from different parties have started changing their parent parties. As many as 12 politicians have till date switched their loyalty to rival parties.
The trend of jumping off from parent parties is said to have started during the regime of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee Chief Captain Amarinder Singh.
It was CPI’s Malout and Pakke Kalan MLAs Nathu Ram and Gurjant Singh shook hands with Capt. Amarinder Singh of the Congress. Both the MLAs contested elections on the Congress ticket and succeeded.
In 2012, two Congress MLAs Joginder Pal Jain from Moga and Jeet Mohinder Sidhu from Talwandi Sabo defected to the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD). Congress’ Dhuri MLA Arvind too resigned but he did not join any other party.
The turncoats continue with their malaise and currently Navjot Sidhu, Navjot Kaur Sidhu, Pargat Singh, Jagmeet Brar, Baldev Singh Khera, Avinash Rai Khanna and Sarwan Singh Phillaur are the latest examples. Bains brothers of Ludhiana, who were Independent MLAs, have struck an alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
Not to forget the family of Late Gurcharan Singh Tohra, former SGPC Chief representing Sanour constituency in Patiala too shifted its loyalty to AAP after quitting SAD.
It is an open secret that during the previous elections, SAD funded rebels of the Congress who contested as Independents and split the Congress vote bank. The SAD was returned to power for the second time. Keeping in view the 2017 elections, the SAD is comfortably placed as group-ism in the Congress party has intensified.
AAP too is witnessing rebellion as depicted by it candidate Dr Vinodh Kumar from Bhoa constituency left the party on Thursday levelling allegations against the party.
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