In a major jolt to Punjab Congress, Joginder Singh Panjgriyan has joined the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in presence of Sukhbir Singh Badal on Tuesday. Mr Panjgriyan was the president of Labour Union from Punjab. He was two time MLA (2007 and 2012) for Congress from Faridkot district.
Welcoming Joginder Singh Panjgrain into the fold, SAD president Sukhbir Badal said that 'with his entry, the party had got strengthened, not only in Jait, but the entire Malwa region'.
Earlier in May 2018, Congress leader and former PPCC general secretary Rajinder Deepa had joined the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) along with his supporters. SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal in a release had said that he had a long association with the Congress leader which went back to when he was a student in Chandigarh.
He said that Deepa was a hard-working leader who had a massive connect at the grass-roots level and he was confident that he would be an asset to the SAD.
Speaking on the occasion, Deepa said he had always worked for the Congress party but had discovered over the years that the party did not respect people who were really associated with the people.
"Besides working at the grass-roots level, I also functioned as spokesman for the Congress party. But I am sorry to state that the worker is not important in the Congress. This is why I am leaving the party and starting a new inning in politics," he had said.