Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) suspended legislator Inderbir Singh Bolaria and party’s former chief of the Amritsar unit Upkar Singh Sandhu on Thursday announced that they would join the Congress on Dussehra.
Both leaders had earlier met Congress general secretary Harish Chaudhary and Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh in the national capital.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Navjot Singh Sidhu’s Awaaz-ePunjab forum of and Sucha Singh Chhotepur’s Aapna Punjab Party (APP) also tried poach Bolaria ahead of Punjab Assembly polls.
The two-time legislator from Amritsar South had rebelled against the ruling party because he didn’t want a solid waste treatment project in his constituency.
In April, the party sacked him as chief parliamentary secretary (education) when he started an agitation against the project. Bolaria was once close to SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal and state cabinet minister Bikram Singh Majithia.
Upkar Singh Sandhu, who was earlier the Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) chairman and SAD’s Amritsar district chief (urban) in the Badal government, had also resigned from all posts.