Just after quitting Congress, Sunil Jakhar joined rival party BJP
The former Congress leader from Punjab, Sunil Jakhar, who quit the party on May 14, joined the BJP in Delhi in the presence of party president JP Nadda. Nadda welcomed him and called it a matter of happiness that a person with a great political experience was joining the party. He also said that he would play a critical role for the BJP in Punjab.
Nadda said: “Jakhar managed to establish an identity away from the party.” He added, “In Punjab, there are issues related to drugs, terrorism and it is important that people who have a national interest in mind join the BJP.” He said many members from the Akali Dal and Congress are joining the party as BJP is emerging as the voice of opposition in Punjab.
The former Congress president thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah for allowing him to join the party. He also added that it was challenging for him to quit Congress as he was associated with the party for a long time. The leader also said that he left the party not for personal reasons but for issues related to the national interest. Reportedly Jakhar had a meeting with the Home Minister Amit Shah on 18th May and had talked about joining BJP. He has been in Delhi since he quit the grand old party.
Just 2 days back, Hardik Patel, who was the Congress’s working president in Gujarat, too, resigned from all posts, just months ahead of assembly elections in the state. Later in a press conference, he said he had not decided to join another party.
Mr. Jakhar is a well-known non-Sikh face of Punjab. He is the second-best catch of the BJP after Amarinder Singh. He will greatly help the party in the upcoming Himachal Pradesh elections.