Manpreet Singh Badal, who was with the Shiromani Akali Dal before the Congress, joined the BJP in Delhi on Wednesday.
Manpreet Singh Badal is not the first Congress leader to join the saffron brigade in recent times (PTI)
By Kamaljit Kaur Sandhu: Manpreet Singh Badal, who quit the Congress to join the BJP today, is “congenitally power hungry”, Punjab Congress chief Amrinder Singh Raja Warring said, terming Badal’s resignation “good riddance”.
Badal, who was with the Shiromani Akali Dal before Congress, joined the BJP in Delhi.
“Good riddance. Manpreet Singh Badal is congenitally power hungry. He joined the Congress knowing the party was winning. Five years is a long time for someone like him to stay out of power for reasons not unknown to anyone. Instead of crying martyrdom, he should be apologising to Congress for betrayal,” Warring said in the tweet.
“No Mir Jafar has ever risen to remain a king to be remembered for their ignominious fate remains etched in the political history of India,” he said in a follow-up tweet.
Parliamentarian and veteran Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said that Badal has “zero credibility” and that his exit won’t hurt the party. “We made him the finance minister and he lost by 60,000 votes. Manpreet Badal has zero credibility. His commitment to the Congress party was lacking. He came from the Akali Dal and has now gone to the BJP. The Bharat Jodo Yatra has been galvanised and his exit won’t hurt the party,” he said.
The chief of Himachal Pradesh Congress, Pratibha Singh, said: “(The party) gave you so muchâ€¦ and today you are leaving when you are most neededâ€¦ It is very sad… Leaving the party like this… It is not right to join the BJP and blame Congress.”
The nephew of former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Manpreet Badal joined the Congress in 2016 after formally merging his own party – the People’s Party of Punjab – with the grand old party. After losing the Bathinda Urban seat in the 2022 state assembly polls, he was not seen in any of the party’s meetings.
Badal is not the first Congress leader to join the saffron brigade in recent times. Earlier, former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and ex-Congress leader Sunil Jakhar, among others, also jumped over to the BJP.
Meanwhile, Shiromani Akali Dal leader Daljeet Singh Cheema took a jibe at the Congress over Badal’s resignation and said that at the speed the Congress leaders are joining the BJP, the saffron party should reserve some seats for its “original leaders.”
“Keeping in view the rapid joining of Congress leaders in the Punjab BJP unit, I humbly appeal to the BJP high command to reserve at least three Lok Sabha and 23 Vidhan Sabha seats for the original BJP leaders who have been working hard for the party for decades,” Cheema tweeted.
(With input from PTI)