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.
Aman has contested assembly elections twice — in 2007 and 2012 — from Sunam constituency in Sangrur district. He, however, lost to SAD’s Parminder Singh Dhindsa both times.