Jagmeet Brar to quit Congress on Monday, likely to join BJP

  • Gurpreet Singh Nibber, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jan 04, 2015 21:16 IST

Senior Congress leader Jagmeet Singh Brar (56) has decided to quit the party and is likely to join the BJP.

He will make a formal announcement in this regard on Monday.

Brar, who was earlier part of the Congress Working Committee, said he had already parted ways with the Congress and rejected all efforts made by the party to woo him back. He said he had sent his resignation to Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

“My innings in the Congress is over,” Brar said, adding that the efforts made by Congress leaders like Ambika Soni to dissuade him from leaving the Congress had failed.

Meanwhile, BJP sources confirmed that Brar would join the party and share the dais with party president Amit Shah at the awareness rally against drugs in Amritsar on January 22.

Confirming that Brar would join the party within a week, a BJP source said, “So far, nothing has been offered to him. The party would like him to work and prove himself before getting a designation.”
Once referred to as ‘Punjab di Awaaz’, Brar’s political career saw a downward trend with the rise of Capt Amarinder Singh in the Congress and in state politics. With no alternative in sight, Brar struck to the Congress but was not happy with his political graph. His last hope was also dashed when Partap Singh Bajwa was made the Punjab Congress president.

A high point in Brar’s political career was when he defeated SAD’s Sukhbir Singh Badal in the 1999 parliamentary polls from Faridkot.

“I have put in 35 years in politics,” Brar told HT, hinting at that he was yet to get his due. “There are certain issues which need to be clarified with them (BJP),” Brar said on his joining the party.
Brar, who started his political career from All India Sikh Students Federation, when asked about the change in his ideology in the three-decade-long career, said, “The RSS is a pro-nation outfit that works for nation-building of which my father, despite being an Akali, was also a part.”

Auspicious hour

Brar said he would make a formal announcement of leaving the Congress and making a new beginning at 12.05 pm on Monday, the auspicious time.

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