Congress Lok Sabha candidate Ravneet Singh Bittu's "Mission Consolidation" got a shot in the arm as senior Congressman Ramesh Joshi, who had joined Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in June 2012, returned to the party on Wednesday.
A committed Congressman, who served the party for almost four decades, Joshi was reportedly completely ignored by the party from 2009 onwards, due to which he had chosen to join hands with SAD. However, it is learnt that he was not happy with SAD either, as he was not accorded the "status" promised by SAD president and Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.
Joshi was formally welcomed to the Congress by Ravneet Singh Bittu in a large gathering of councillors and party workers during a meeting convened in the party's office on Sat Paul Mittal Road.
The meeting was attended by several MLAs, including Surinder Dawar, Bharat Bhushan Ashu and Rakesh Pandey, District Congress (rural) president Malkiat Singh Dakha and former district Congress president Krishan Kumar Bawa.
However, District Congress (urban) president Pawan Dewan was again missing from the function.
When asked about his comeback, Joshi said, "A Congressman is always a Congressman. I was not comfortable with SAD and after Bittu was announced the candidate from Ludhiana, I decided to come back as I owe this to my close association with the late chief minister Beant Singh."
Joshi holds a reputation of being an upright, humble and committed politician, who has worked for the welfare of public at large.
Bittu also went to Rakh Bagh on Wednesday morning and shared his views with the walkers followed by a promise to work towards clean and pollution-free environment.
Bittu, along with former chairman of improvement trust Surinder Aggarwal, also held a meeting with the textile, hosiery and traders' associations. The associations complained about problems related to taxes, power crisis and harassment by leaders of ruling SAD-BJP alliance.