Punjab polls: After Congress dispatches Sonu Sood’s sister from Moga, miffed MP joins BJP

Moga Congress MP Harjot Kamal joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday after the big old party denied him a ticket to the upcoming Punjab assembly elections, eliminating Sonu Sood’s sister instead. , Malvika. Moments after the Congress published its first list of 86 candidates for the February 14 elections, Kamal was seen in Chandigarh joining the BJP in the presence of its senior leaders, including Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat.

Slamming the Congress leadership for sending Malvika Sood Sachar in his place of Moga, Harjot Kamal said that despite serving the party for 21 years and being the constituency’s sitting legislator, the Congress ignored him and gave the ticket to Sood.

“What she [Malvika Sood’s] qualifications?” Kamal was quoted by the PTI news agency. “She’s just Sonu Sood’s sister.”

MP Moga said it was “below the dignity” of their positions to bring Malvika Sood, who joined Congress on January 10, into the party fold.

Kamal then thanked the BJP leadership, including its chairman JP Nadda and Union Minister Shekhawat, for inducting him into the party.

After Sood joined the party earlier this month, the infighting case erupted in which Harjot Kamal said he would fight the Moga elections with or without a ticket, it doesn’t matter. Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi had to call the miffed MP to smooth things over and promise he would be suitably adjusted. Even after that, the latter had threatened to fight from Moga as an independent if necessary, in case he was not given the ticket.

The Congress released its first list of 86 candidates for the Punjab Assembly polls today where it was seen that Bollywood actor and philanthropist Sonu Sood Malvika is set to challenge the polls since Moga. According to the document, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi is set to challenge Assembly polls in Chamkaur Sahib constituency, while the party’s State Unit leader Navjot Singh Sidhu, will present himself from the Amritsar East headquarters.

Assembly polls in Punjab are due to take place in a single phase on February 14. The votes will be counted on March 10.

In the 2017 Assembly polls, Congress won an outright majority in the state by winning 77 seats and overthrew the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata party government after 10 years.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) became the second party with 20 seats, followed by the SAD which won a victory with 15 seats. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won three seats.

In September last year, the Punjab Congress was embroiled in a crisis which also saw former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh resign from his post. He has now formed his own party, the Punjab Lok Congress, and is expected to contest all 117 seats in alliance with the BJP.

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