Sunil Jakhar, senior Congress chief and former chief of its Punjab unit, has joined rival BJP days after quitting the grand previous celebration. The former Congress chief not too long ago stop 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 changed into 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 could be given some duty in Punjab and in addition could be instrumental in bringing extra disgruntled Congress leaders into the BJP fold. He had not too long ago indicated that he wished to stay related in Punjab.
Expressing sorrow over breaking ties with Congress, which he known as “family”, he stated he was sidelined as a result of he identified that the celebration cannot deal with Punjab in percentages and divide folks over caste. “You can remove Sunil Jakhar from a party post but can’t silence him,” he stated whereas on stage with Mr Nadda.
“I had a 50-year-old relationship with congress, my family has been with the party for three generations since 1972. I considered it family,” he stated, claiming that he stop Congress, not due to any private dispute, however “fundamental issues” with the celebration. 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 crucial position for BJP in Punjab.
Mr Jakhar is a distinguished non-Sikh face of Punjab and is revered throughout celebration traces. He holds sway over many disgruntled Congress leaders. Mr Jakhar is the BJP’s second large catch after Captain Amarinder Singh allied with BJP. He is probably going to assist the celebration 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 properly, 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 demise of Vinod Khanna.
In a dramatic public resignation, whereas the celebration was holding a three-day brainstorming session in Rajasthan, Mr Jakhar had stated “Goodbye and good luck, Congress” in a Facebook stay video after scathing criticism of former celebration colleagues who led the motion in opposition to him.
Last month, the Congress’ disciplinary panel had really helpful that Mr Jakhar be suspended from the celebration for 2 years and faraway from all posts.
The five-member Committee is chaired by senior celebration chief AK Antony. The assembly on what motion needs to be taken in opposition to Mr Jakhar was attended by members Tariq Anwar, JP Aggarwal and G Parameswar, apart from Mr Antony.
Ambika Soni, seen as Mr Jakhar’s bete noire, was not current in the course of the assembly.
The former Punjab Congress chief had criticised former Chief Minister Channi and termed him a legal responsibility for the celebration after it misplaced to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Punjab.
Mr Jakhar had additionally been crucial of the celebration management for choosing Mr Channi as Chief Ministerial candidate for the elections and had hit out at Ms Soni for supposedly scuttling his possibilities of being picked as Chief Minister after Amarinder Singh’s ouster.
“It is extremely unfortunate that today I have had to leave the Congress after 50 years because they put me in the “katghara” (witness box), and questioned my intent,” Mr Jakhar stated as we speak.
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 put up and instructed the management that solely a Sikh needs to be chosen for the job.
“You did not sever ties with me, you broke my heart, you issued a notice, were you all ashamed to talk to me? I would have given all the answers,” he had stated within the stay video.
Responding to Mr Jakhar’s remarks, former Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu had tweeted the celebration shouldn’t lose him. “The Congress should not loose (sic) #sunilkjakhar …. Is an asset worth his weight in gold …. Any differences can be resolved on the table,” he stated.