Chandigarh, April 8: Madanjit Singh, the Bahujan Samaj Party candidate from Sangrur today joined the Congress under the leadership of former Chief Minister and chairman of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Campaign Committee.
Singh, a former police officer was quite an influential leader in the BSP. His resignation from the BSP and support to the Congress would certainly boost the prospects of the party (Congress) candidate in Sangrur, Vijay Inder Singla.
Speaking on the occasion, Singh said, he was feeling suffocated in the BSP for various reasons. He alleged that the candidates instead of being offered financial support by the party were being asked to donate funds. He said, he was not sure where this money would go?
More than that, the former BSP leader said, he was quite impressed with the leadership qualities of the former Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, who was proving to be a mass leader of the Punjabis. He said, he was sure and certain that only Capt Amarinder could ensure the Akalis’ defeat in these elections, which was the need of the hour.
He alleged, the BSP was in league with the ruling SAD-BJP alliance with a clean motive to weaken the Congress. He did not rule out exchange of money for this purpose.
Welcoming Singh into the Congress, Capt Amarinder said, he was getting an overwhelming response not only from the common masses from across the state, but also the senior leaders of the parties like Akali Dal, who were feeling suffocated by the dictatorship of the Badals.
Capt Amarinder said, the countdown for the Akalis in general and the Badals in particular had already begun and their days were numbered. He observed, the state of Akali Dal was like that of a sinking ship and people were jumping towards the safer shores of the Congress.
The former Chief Minister pointed out, the recent state of affairs within the Akali Dal gave enough indications that the party was disintegrating and the government was falling apart and most of the disillusioned and alienated leaders were keen to make a safe exit at the right time. “Sooner the better”, he remarked.