“The party (BJP) is weakened as it succumbed to the SAD pressure (for the Hari Nagar seat),” Balli told HT on phone from Delhi, confirming his joining the Congress at the premises of chief minsiter Shiela Dikshit Wednesday morning.
The old-time BJP die-hard Sikh leader has also been the councilor from that party twice before entering the assembly for the first time in 1993.He had won the last assembly elections with a huge margin of 29,000 votes.
DIFFERENCES IN PAST
Balli had distanced himself from the SAD during the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) elections held in January this year.
Balli had rather fielded Jatinder Singh Kohli, as a successful candidate of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Delhi) of Paramjit Singh Sarna.
“I never had a liking for the Badals and, that was the reason that I did not succumb to the BJP leadership’s dictates of helping SAD in the Gurdwara elections,” Balli told HT.
To his opinion, BJP should have refused Hari Nagar seat to the SAD, knowing his position as a 4-time MLA.