All India Congress Committee (AICC) member Aman Arora has decided to join the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Punjab, the latest in a series of defections by political leaders as the state gears up for the assembly elections next year.
Son of former Punjab minister Bhagwan Das Arora, who passed away in 2000, Aman is the third leader to have deserted the Congress for AAP in the past three weeks. He will formally join AAP on Saturday.
In December last, the Congress was left red-faced after former MLA from Bholath, Sukhpal Singh Khaira, decamped, leaving the party struggling to find a new face there. Days later chairman of the Congress’ Punjab intellectual cell, Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal, left too.
Sources said Aman, 41, who was considered close to Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh, resisted all efforts by party leaders to hold him back.
“AAP is emerging as a better party than the conventional political parties. Its policies and programs are public-centric, and being in politics I want to serve the people,” Aman told HT.
Aman has contested assembly elections twice so far — in 2007 and 2012 — from Sunam constituency in Sangrur district, but lost to SAD’s Parminder Singh Dhindsa both times.