Congress leader member Aman Arora formally joined the
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Saturday.
He joined the party in the presence of AAP leader Sanjay Singh and Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann.
Son of former Punjab minister Bhagwan Das Arora, who passed away in 2000, Aman is the third leader to have deserted the Congress for the AAP in the past three weeks.
In December last, the Congress was left red-faced after former MLA from Bholath, Sukhpal Singh Khaira, shifted loyalty, leaving the party struggling to find a new face there. Days later, chairman of the Congress’ Punjab intellectual cell, Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal, left too.
Aman, 41, who was considered close to Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh, resisted all efforts by party leaders to hold him back.
“The AAP is emerging as a better party than the conventional political players. Its policies and programs are public-centric, and being in politics, I want to serve the people,” Aman told HT.
AAP junkyard for Congress deadwood, says Capt
Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Capt Amarinder Singh on Saturday said some Congress leaders who had recently left the party had actually been rejected by people and were now trying to seek “political asylum” elsewhere in the false hope of being accepted there.
“The way our rejected leaders are being received in the AAP, the party is turning out to be a junkyard for the Congress deadwood,” the PPCC president said in a statement issued here.
He pointed out that leaders such as Aman Arora, Sukhpal Singh Khaira and CD Kambhoj had successively been defeated in the elections and had lost all hope of being able to contest while remaining in the Congress.
Referring to Arora, the PCC president said his family members had been allotted ticket six times continuously since 1992, but they lost four times in a row. Maintaining that it was the worst betrayal with the Congress, he said, all four members of Arora’s family, including his father Bhagwan Dass Arora, his mother Parmeshwari Arora, his sister Sonia, had been given numerous chances by the party. While Bhagwan Dass Arora contested in 1992 and 1997, after his death, his wife contested the byelection in 2000, his daughter contested in 2002 and Aman himself contested in 2007 and 2012. “He probably hopes to repeat the history in the AAP as well,” Amarinder said.