Two Punjab AAP Leaders Join SAD Ahead of Shahkot Bypoll

The Punjab unit of AAP received a jolt on Sunday after its Jalandhar Cantonment candidate for the 2017 Assembly election, H S Walia, and senior party leader from Shahkot, Col C D Kamboj, joined SAD. Walia, who has built a support base in the area, said he was joining SAD due to its pro-people policies as well as desire to take all sections of society with it.

“I joined AAP because it professed idealism. However, I realised that the party had become thoroughly corrupt and was not concerned about Punjabis and their problems. Moreover, AAP is run from Delhi”, he said.

Welcoming Kamboj into the party fold, Badal said the senior leader was known for his statesmanlike conduct and strategic thinking, and with his joining, the SAD would be strengthened not only in Doaba belt, but also in entire Punjab.

Kamboj had been the president of BSP’s Punjab unit and had also contested elections twice from Shahkot on Congress ticket. He quit Congress and joined AAP in 2015 and was the party spokesperson, besides being the president of the Kamboj Mahasabha

Sukhbir, accompanied by former minister Bikram Singh Majithia and other senior leaders from the SAD, welcomed the toe to the party at a function held in Nakodar.“When I was contesting as a Congress candidate, Ladi Sherowalia (Congress candidate for the Shahkot bypoll) openly used to support the SAD to ensure my defeat. After Ladi lost the 2017 elections, he started insulting my community members holding them responsible for his defeat,” Kamboj said, adding that he will ensure Laddi’s defeat.

HS Walia, a spokesperson of the AAP, who had unsuccessfully contested the 2017 assembly election from Jalandhar Cantonment, said that he had joined the AAP with a view that it will bring a revolution. “However, I slowly realised that the party had become thoroughly corrupt and was concerned about Punjabis and their problems. Moreover, the AAP is run from Delhi by a dictatorial leader, who does not give weight to the local leadership” he said.

Sukhbir Badal, while welcoming them into the SAD will strengthen the Doaba belt.Earlier, an AAP leader from Shahkot, Amarjit Singh Thind had joined the SAD after AAP’s national convener Arvind Kejriwal tendered his apology to former SAD minister Bikram Singh Majithia.

Kamboj had been the president of BSP’s Punjab unit and had also contested elections twice from Shahkot on Congress tickets. He quit Congress and joined AAP in 2015 and was the party spokesperson, besides being the president of the Kamboj Mahasabha.

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