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Ex-finance minister of Punjab, Manpreet Singh, leaves Congress, joins BJP

Former finance minister of Punjab and Congress leader Manpreet Singh Badal announced his resignation from the Congress in Chandigarh on Wednesday

By wasmulhaq 
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Chandigarh: Former finance minister of Punjab and Congress leader Manpreet Singh Badal announced his resignation from the primary membership of the Congress in Chandigarh on Wednesday afternoon, and he changed sides and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party.

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The BJP is the fourth party that Manpreet has joined in his political career. He is the nephew of the former chief minister of Punjab and a strong man of Akali Dal Parkash Singh Badal.

Earlier, Manpreet Singh was the finance minister of Punjab, representing two different factions. First, he served in the Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP government from 2007-11 and again worked with Captain Amarinder Singh’s Congress government from 2017-22.

Manpreet floated the People’s Party of Punjab in 2011 after leaving the SAD. He fought the 2014 Lok Sabha elections with the support of the Congress and later joined the party in 2016. He lost in the 2022 Punjab assembly elections.

Manpreet had a sour relationship with Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief Amarinder Singh Raja Warring. He was not comfortable with him.

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In a two-page resignation letter to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who is busy with his Bharat Jodo Yatra that will end its Punjab leg on January 19, Manpreet wrote: “It is with deep sadness that I am writing to officially tender my resignation from the primary membership of the Indian National Congress.”

Manpreet left the Congress four months after the former CM of Punjab, Captain Amarinder Singh, merged his Punjab Lok Congress with the BJP. Sunil Jakhar, another Congress leader, also joined the BJP last year.

 

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