In a setback to the Congress, Gurkanwal Kaur, daughter of former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh, joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday.
A former state minister, Gurkanwal was inducted into the party at New Delhi in the presence of Union finance minister Arun Jaitley, BJP national vicepresident Avinash Rai Khanna and Punjab party chief Vijay Sampla.
Citing reasons for her joining BJP, she said she was feeling suffocated in the Congress. “At the same time, I was impressed with and inspired by the policies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” she said. “My father laid down his life for prosperity of Punjab, but the Congress today neither worries about the country nor cares for us,” she added.
Gurkanwal was an MLA from Jalandhar Cantonment from 2002 to 2007 and served as a minister in the Amarinder Singh government. She is sister of former minister Tej Pratap Singh and aunt of Congress MP Ravneet Singh Bittu.