Social activist and former regional passport officer at Jalandhar, Parneet Singh, is set to resign from the Indian Defence Accounts Service to join the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
Parneet, 40, who is known as ‘Messiah of wronged wives’ for his efforts in educating women deserted by their respective NRI husbands in Jalandhar between 2009 and 2012, is likely to be the AAP candidate from Kartarpur assembly segment. The officer, who is currently serving as financial adviser to Indian Air Force in Dehradun, has already applied for the ticket and is likely to be announced as candidate in the next list, HT has learnt.
“Yes I am going to leave my job to take part in the mission launched by the AAP to put Punjab back on track. I am joining the AAP for sure, and will fight elections if party wants me to,” Parneet told HT.
Singh had set up ‘Women’s Grievance Cell’ in the passport office for finding legal justification for his actions in a little known portion of the Indian Civil Code. Following his actions, some NRI husbands from Doaba had their Indian Passports impounded and were unable to leave the country until they resolved their respective wives’ contentions. For this work, Parneet was invited by Aamir Khan to his popular TV Show “Satyamev Jayate” and was nominated by the US Embassy for the International Leadership Visitor Programme. “I am going to join AAP as I feel only politics has the power to bring real change and AAP founder Arvind Kejriwal has the potential to do so. I am not joining AAP to become MLA as I have decided to leave job without caring for the post-retirement benefits,” he said. In AAP’s poll strategy as well, Parmeet fits well as the officer belongs to Valmiki community having great chunk of votes in the Kartarpur segment.