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Another jolt to Akali Dal as senior Patiala leader joins Punjab Congress

Patiala: The ruling Shiromani Akali Dal on Sunday suffered another jolt with a senior party leader from Patiala joining the Congress.

SAD leader Gian Chand Chano joined Congress along with Surinder Arora, a close relative of senior Akali leader Bhagwan Dass Juneja, and more than three dozen of their supporters. They were welcomed into the party fold by Patiala MLA Preneet Kaur at Moti Bagh Palace.

Talking to media persons, Preneet said the days of the Akali Dal were numbered and there was a strong wave in favour of the Congress in Punjab. Preneet said every section of Punjab’s society was fed up of the Badals’ anti-people policies, with even the Akali leaders and workers feeling suffocated under their leadership, as evidenced in the large number of SAD leaders joining the Congress in recent days.

Preneet said the induction of sincere and hardworking leaders from other parties would further strengthen the Congress and expressed the confidence that the party would form the next government in Punjab with a two-thirds majority.

Gian Chand Chano was the vice president of the Patiala Unit of SAD Beopar Cell, while Surinder Arora is a close relative of Bhagwan Dass Juneja, who had unsuccessfully contested the last assembly election against Captain Amarinder Singh from Patiala. Both the leaders have pledged their unconditional support to Congress.


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