Captain Amarinder Singh, former chief minister of Punjab, will officially join the BJP when he returns from London, where he is recuperating from lower back surgery. He’ll probably return to India by the end of the next week.
Following his departure from the position of CM in the latter part of last year, Amarinder Singh left the Congress party and started a new political organisation called Punjab Lok Congress. According to sources, the veteran Congressman from Punjab would join his new party with the BJP.
Senior Congress politicians who were close to Amarinder left the party and joined the BJP after his departure last year.
Sunil Jakhar, a former state minister and president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress (PPCC), as well as Raj Kumar Verka, a well-known Dalit leader from Majha, Sundar Sham Arora, the current president of the PPCC, as well as prominent Jat-Sikh leaders Balbir Singh Sidhu and Gurpreet Singh Kangar, are among them.
According to sources, Amrinder Singh’s wife Preneet Kaur, a former Union minister and current Patiala Member of Parliament, presents the BJP with its biggest challenge. According to reports, Preneet Kaur has made the decision to hang up her boots and pass the torch to her daughter Jai Inder Kaur. She wants the BJP to guarantee Jai Inder Kaur the seat in Patiala for the Lok Sabha.
Perneet Kaur’s refusal to defect from the Congress despite her husband and the majority of his friends doing so has allegedly angered the BJP leadership.
According to sources, the BJP is also reluctant to accommodate Jai Inder Kaur due to the participation of her husband’s business, Simbhaoli Sugars Ltd, in an alleged scheme to steal money from banks and the ensuing proceedings brought by the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate. Gurpal Singh, a member of the Sansi royal family, is married to Jai Inder and owns and operates a number of enterprises, including Simbhaoli Sugars Ltd in Uttar Pradesh and the ITC Welcomhotel in Amritsar.
Jai Inder, who has been assisting her parents in elections, recently succeeded Navjot Kaur, the wife of former Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu, as head of the All India Jat Mahasabha.