Four Congress leaders and former ministers, Raj Kumar Verka, Balbir Singh Sidhu, Sunder Sham Arora, and Gurpreet Singh Kangar, joined the BJP in Chandigarh on Saturday, handing the party a huge loss in Punjab.
Former Congress MLA from Barnala Kewal Dhillon joined the BJP, as did former SAD MLAs Sarup Chand Singla and Mohinder Kaur Josh.
In the presence of Union ministers Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and Som Parkash, state unit chairman Ashwani Sharma, and senior BJP leaders Dushyant Gautam, Tarun Chugh, Sunil Jakhar, and Manjinder Singh Sirsa, they joined the party.
In the previous Congress government, Balbir Sidhu, a three-time MLA from Mohali, was the health minister, while Gurpreet Kangar, a three-time MLA from Rampura Phul, was the revenue minister.
Verka, a famous Dalit leader from the Majha region, is a three-time legislator who served in the previous government as the minister for social justice, empowerment, and minorities.
Former Hoshiarpur MLA Sunder Sham Arora served as the previous Congress government’s industry and commerce minister.
Balbir Sidhu’s brother, Mohali Corporation Mayor Amarjit Singh Sidhu, has also joined the BJP.
On Saturday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah arrived in Chandigarh for a meeting with party leaders and the launch of the Khelo India Youth Games in Panchkula, Haryana.