People's Party of Punjab (PPP) leader Amarjeet Kaur, who had contested the last assembly elections on a PPP ticket from Jaitu (reserved) constituency, on Thursday joined the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in the presence of deputy chief minister and SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal at her native village Panjgrain Kalan.
Kaur, 49, who had left the Congress to join the PPP just before the assembly elections, had bagged about 15,000 votes.
She claimed, "I was a loyal Congress worker and had been working in the Congress for about 20 years and had also worked as a district president of the Mahila Congress, but the Congress ignored me during the assembly elections following which I had joined the PPP."
On being asked why she was joining SAD, she said, "Manpreet had good ideas, but we failed to reach where we had thought. So I decided to join SAD. There were no problems in the PPP."
Addressing party workers at the village, Sukhbir Badal said, "I welcome Amarjeet Kaur, who is a good worker, to the party fold and assure her that we will keep her as family."
Sukhbir said, "The SAD government stands for development of rural areas. We have made considerable development in rural areas and propose to allocate Rs. 100 crore for each assembly segment in the next three years for the development of villages."
A PPP office-bearer said, "She was not much active in the PPP since the last assembly election and there were speculations that she would join SAD."
Kaur had been the sarpanch of Panjgrain Kalan village from 2003 to 2008.
Though the media was officially informed that there would be a press conference at Panjgrain Kalan at the residence of Amarjeet Kaur and the DPRO, Faridkot, along with his staff was present there, but after they waited for about three hours, the deputy CM left the venue in a hurry without holding the press conference.
He landed at the village at noon from where he left for lunch at a party worker's place at Kotkapura and then visited the house of the PPP candidate for a short while and then left for Amritsar.