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Lok Sabha elections 2019: AAP leader Cheema joins SAD

Cheema, Arjuna award-winner former basketball player, had lost the Vidhan Sabha polls to Congress candidate Navtej Singh Cheema with a margin of around 14,000.

lok sabha elections Updated: Apr 28, 2019 10:39 IST
HT correspondent
HT correspondent
Hindustan Times, SULTANPUR LODHI
SAD,Delhi,Congress
Addressing a gathering on the occasion, Cheema, who was the Kapurthala district president of AAP, said, his family members were Akalis. “It is like a ‘ghar wapsi’ (homecoming) for me.”(HT Photo)

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Sajjan Singh Cheema, who had contested from Sultanpur Lodhi seat in the 2017 assembly polls, joined the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in the presence of party president Sukhbir Singh Badal here on Saturday.

Cheema, Arjuna award-winner former basketball player, had lost the Vidhan Sabha polls to Congress candidate Navtej Singh Cheema with a margin of around 14,000.

He belongs to Kapurthala and had represented India in the 1982 Asian Games held at Delhi. He won the Arjuna Award in 1999.

Addressing a gathering on the occasion, Cheema, who was the Kapurthala district president of AAP, said, his family members were Akalis. “It is like a ‘ghar wapsi’ (homecoming) for me.”

On his decision to quit the AAP, he said, “The party leadership was trying to forge an alliance with the Congress in Delhi and some other states. Even in Punjab, they are giving tickets to former Congress leaders and approaching some others to join the AAP. They have divided the party for their personal interests.”

He added that the AAP has forgotten its ideology for which he had joined the party.

Welcoming Cheema into the party, Sukhbir said, “I am happy that an honest person like him has joined the Akali Dal. We will give him due role and position in the party.”

SUKHBIR DUBS CM AS ATHEIST

Playing the religious card, he termed chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh as an atheist. “We like to pay obeisance whenever something good happens in our life. But Amarinder took three months to visit the Golden Temple after he took over as CM. Even during his visit to Sultanpur Lodhi, he held a meeting with Congress leaders, but did not go to pay obeisance at the gurdwara here. He is an atheist.”

First Published: Apr 28, 2019 10:39 IST