Former Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Monday merged his nascent party, the Punjab Lok Congress, with the BJP in presence of Union ministers Narendra Singh Tomar and Kiren Rijiju.
“Now is the time to do something for the country. We have seen the Congress, now it is time to go to the party that has been doing so much for the country and its security. It is a pleasure being here,” Singh said.
Singh’s son Raninder Singh, whom BJP’s media in charge Anil Baluni addressed with prefix “yuvraj”, and daughter Jai Inder Kaur, also joined along with supporters, including his former adviser BIS Chahal, former deputy speaker of Punjab Assembly Ajaib Singh Bhatti, former MP Amrik Singh Aliwal, former legislators Harchand Kaur, Harinder Singh Thekedar, Prem Mittal and labour leader Kewal Singh.
Singh (80) had floated the PLC last year after quitting Congress following his unceremonious exit as chief minister but his party failed to win any seat in the state assembly polls. He himself lost from his home turf of Patiala Urban.