Ahead of 2022 Assembly polls, former Punjab MLA Arvind Khanna and others join BJP

Khanna is a businessman and two-term former MLA who had not been much active politically after quitting the Congress some years ago

Press Trust of India January 11, 2022 16:47:03 IST
Ahead of 2022 Assembly polls, former Punjab MLA Arvind Khanna and others join BJP

Former Congress leader Arvind Khanna, President of Panth Ratna Jathedar Gurcharan Singh Tohra Memorial Trust Shri Kanvar Singh Todha, Shiromani Akali Dal leader Shri Gurdeep Singh Gosha and former councillor of Amritsar Shri Dharmveer Sareen join BJP. Twitter@ANI

New Delhi: Former Punjab MLA Arvind Khanna and several other politicians from the state joined the BJP on Tuesday as the party asserted that it will write a new chapter in the region's electoral history with its success.

Khanna, a businessman and two-term former MLA, had not been much active politically after quitting the Congress some years back.

Kanwarveer Singh Tohra, grandson of former SGPC president Gurcharan Singh Tohra, Gurdeep Singh Gosha, who was with the Akali Dal, and Dharamveer Sareen joined the BJP in the presence of Union ministers Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and Hardeep Singh Puri.

Welcoming them, Shekhawat, who is the BJP's in-charge for the Punjab assembly polls slated for 14 February said their presence will boost the BJP.

The party will write a new chapter in the state's electoral history, he asserted.

The BJP has joined hands with former chief minister Amarinder Singh and the Akali faction headed by Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa to fight the polls.

Shekhawat also alleged that its rivals using the state machinery foiled Prime Minister Narendra Modi's proposed rally in the state last week.

It would have been the state's biggest rally, he claimed.

Modi had to cut short his visit following a breach in his security, triggering a political slugfest with the BJP accusing the Congress of conspiring to physically harm him.

The Congress, which is in power in the state, has rejected the allegations.

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