Rajwinder Singh Dharamkot, son of Shiromani Akali Dal’s former chief parliamentary secretary (CPS) Sheetal Singh, joined the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) of Saturday after resigning as Youth Akali Dal (YAD) national vice-president.
The switch came at Dharamkot in the district, in the presence of the AAP’s sector in-charge Karamjit Singh Lamba and state youth wing joint secretary Jagdeep Singh Jaimalwala. Rajwinder Singh’s father was Dharamkot’s Akali legislator for 15 years, elected in 1997, 2002, and 2007. In 2012, Sheetal Singh was denied ticket after the constituency was converted from general from reserve and now Punjab agriculture minister Jathedar Tota Singh won the seat on the SAD ticket.
Sheetal Singh was sidelined for a while until Rajwinder Singh was appointed YAD vice-president.
Welcoming Rajwinder Singh into the party, Delhi AAP leaders JB Singh, Pyara Singh and Harash Bhardwaj said the party’s doors were open for anybody whose hearts ached for Punjab, even though the party promised no post. Rajwinder Singh held the Shiromani Akali Dal and its youth wing responsible for the drug menace and unemployment in the state. “I agree with the policies of AAP national convener and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. The youth of Punjab need a revolution and only the AAP can bring it,” he said.
AAP state joint secretary Jagdeep Singh Jaimalwala told the gathering that many Akali and Congress leaders from Moga were going to join the party. “They are not doing it for election ticket or party post,” he said.