Ex-SGPC member Sarbans Singh Manki joins AAP

  • Harshraj Singh, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Feb 22, 2016 20:20 IST
AAP leaders MP Bhagwant Mann and others welcoming former SGPC member Sarbans Singh Manki into the party in Ludhiana. (HT Photo )

Giving a setback to the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), former Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) member Sarbans Singh Manki, who had resigned from the membership of the SGPC and SAD in context with desecration of Sri Guru Granth Sahib in 2015, joined the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Monday.

Manki (45), who remained the president of the youth wing of SAD for six years and national general secretary for three years, said he was upset with the sacrilege of the Granth Sahib and killing of two youths at Behbal Kallan last year and hence decided to join AAP.

Expressing happiness, the member from the from Samrala constituency said, “I am glad about my decision.”

Welcoming Manki at AAP’s office at Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, Member of Parliament Bhagwant Mann said, “Honest leaders are joining the party. We will give all due respect to Manki in the party. He has been a respected religious and political personality in Samrala area and his entry will provide more strength to the party.”

Meanwhile, the incharge for building organisation structure, Durgesh Pathak informed that Delhi chief minister and party convener Arvind Kejriwal will visit Punjab from February 25 to 29 and meet people of several districts, including Sangrur, Ferozepur, Faridkot, Amritsar and Ludhiana.

Pathak added that Kejriwal would also meet families of farmers who committed suicides during his visit.

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