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Cong leader Dullo’s wife joins AAP; to contest from Fatehgarh Sahib

Cong leader Dullo’s wife joins AAP; to contest from Fatehgarh Sahib

Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, April 16

Even as Congress’ OBC leaders, sulking over ticket allocation, today threatened to launch a forum to get their ‘due’, the Punjab Congress today suffered a further jolt with Harbans Kaur, a former Congress MLA and wife of Dalit leader Shamsher Singh Dullo, joining the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). Within hours, she was declared the Fatehgarh Sahib (reserved) candidate.

Embarrassed, a senior Pradesh Congress leader said it would send out the wrong signals. But Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh said Harbans Kaur joining AAP would have no impact on the Congress at all. “She has been in political oblivion since the 2007 elections when she lost and has no connect with the people,” he said.

Dullo, a Rajya Sabha MP, distanced himself from his wife’s decision. “She is independent to make a decision regarding her political career”, he said. Dullo has been lashing out at the Punjab Congress for allegedly preferring turncoats to loyal  Congress leaders.

PPCC chief Sunil Jakhar said it was “unfortunate” that Harbans Kaur had disregarded what the party had done for her all these years. 

Elected as a Congress MLA from Khanna in 2002, she lost in 2007. In the 2017 Assembly polls, she sought the party ticket from Payal while her son Banbir Singh Dullo lobbied for the Fatehgarh Sahib seat. Having stood by Capt Amarinder Singh during intense infighting, she is learnt to have tried to meet him in the past couple of days, but in vain.

Meanwhile, even as Capt Amarinder, , accompanied by Raj Kumar Verka, today met Balmiki Samaj leaders in an attempt to placate them, Congress OBC leaders fired a salvo, threatening to set up a front over “non-representation of the community during ticket allocation”. They said they had submitted a representation to the PPCC chief and Punjab affairs in-charge Asha Kumari, who had “not flagged” the matter to the central leadership. They will meet again on April 22.

Apart from former Congress Hoshiarpur MP Charanjit Channi, prominent among those present at the meeting were RP Singh, Raj Pal Singh, Surjit Singh Seota and Gursewak Singh Cheema. They said despite accounting for 40 per cent vote share, their claim, particularly on the Anandpur Sahib seat, continued to be ignored by the state leadership.

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