Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) member Kuldip Singh Dhaliwal will quit the party and join the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) here on Thursday.
He will become the second prominent state Congress leader after Sukhpal Singh Khaira, former state party spokesperson, to enter the AAP fold.
Dhaliwal, who was said to be close to former PPCC chief Partap Singh Bajwa, will join the AAP in the presence of party’s state convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur, Punjab affairs in-charge Sanjay Singh, co-incharge Durgesh Pathak, and party MPs Bhagwant Mann and Sadhu Singh.
His move to switch over was confirmed by Ramesh Yadav, chairman of the Folklore Research Academy, here on Wednesday. Dhaliwal, who belongs to Amritsar district, is a member of the academy.
He was the chairman of the Punjab State Subordinate Services Selection Board when Rajinder Kaur Bhattal was the Punjab chief minister. As a student, he joined the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) and remained on the hit list of terrorists for his anti-militancy stand. In the late 1990s, he joined the Congress but quit politics and moved to the US. He returned a couple of years ago and rejoined the Congress.
Despite repeated attempts, Dhaliwal could not be contacted for comment.