The ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) will announce its candidates for the assembly elections due next year within the next two weeks, party president and Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said on Monday.
After welcoming a Congress leader, Satpal Mal, into the party fold, Sukhbir said the SAD has already conveyed to its probable candidates and the official announcement would also be made soon.
Replying to a question about the announcement of VAT rationalisation in the manifesto of AAP which was launched on Sunday, he said Kejriwal should “stop fooling people by releasing visionless manifestos”.
“Everyone knows that GST is all set to replace the VAT across the nation from the next financial year but Kejriwal is talking about VAT, which shows his (lack of) common understanding about the issues pertaining to society,” he said.
Describing Congress as “a sinking ship”, he claimed that more Congress leaders would join the SAD in the coming days as they were feeling “stifled” in Congress due to “factionalism”.
Satpal Mal, along with his many supporters, joined SAD in the presence of Badal at his residence in Buta Mandi in Jalandhar. Mall belongs to a traditional Congress family and is considered as an influential leader in the Doaba region of the state.