PUNJAB (CHANDIGARH): Former cricketer Dinesh Mongia joins Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) during a ceremony held in the party office in Delhi on Tuesday.
It is expected that Mongia will start his political innings from Punjab and may contest the Punjab assembly polls which is due early next year.
Besides Mongia, two other MLA’s Fateh Jung Bajwa from Qadian assembly seat and Balwinder Singh Laddi of Shri Hargobindpur assembly have joined the saffron, which is considered as a major setback for the Punjab Congress.
Fateh Jung is the brother of former Punjab Congress chief and Rajya Sabha MP Partap Singh Bajwa. Balwinder Singh Laddi also belongs to the Bajwa camp.
The trio Dinesh Mongia, Fateh Jung Bajwa and Balwinder Singh Laddi joined the BJP in the presence of Punjab election co-incharge and Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat.
Interestingly, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief Navjot Singh Sidhu had strongly backed the candidature of both these MLAs at political rallies held last week.
Few months before the Punjab assembly elections, the state is already hitting headlines almost everyday after former chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh tendered his resignation citing humiliation. After resignation Capt Amarinder Singh floated a new party Punjab Lok Congress, which recently announced alliance with BJP and former Akali leader Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa on seat sharing basis.
Notably, in the 2017 Punjab assembly election, the Congress won an absolute majority by taking 77 seats and ousted the Shiromani Akali Dal and BJP government after 10 years. The Aam Aadmi Party in Punjab emerged as the second largest party winning 20 seats out of 117 assembly seats.