Some Congress leaders raised objection to joining
Chandigarh, October 15, 2023: As per media reports, the formal rejoining of former Congress leaders, who had quit the Congress party and joined the BJP last year, may take a few days.
Those who want to rejoin the party include former Cabinet ministers Dr Raj Kumar Verka, Sunder Sham Arora, Gurpreet Kangar, Balbir Sidhu, Hans Raj Josan, besides Amrik Singh Dhillon and Dr Mohinder Rinwa. While Verka, Arora, Kangar and Sidhu had joined the Bharatiya Janata Party, Dr Rinwa and Josan the Shiromani Akali Dal
According to the news published in The Tribune, back-end efforts to mollify the annoyed leaders have begun on the instructions of the party high command. It is learnt that Punjab Congress leaders have been told to analyse different permutations and combinations to adjust them by taking the senior leadership in confidence.
Last evening, a meeting was organised by Leader of the Opposition Partap Singh Bajwa at his residence in which party leaders and the former Congress leaders, who had met AICC general secretary in Delhi on Friday, were present. PPCC chief Amrinder Raja Warring did not attend the meeting as he was still in Delhi.
Sources said a meeting on the sidelines of the two-day Vidhan Sabha session had been planned on October 20 and 21. Not all former leaders would rejoin the Congress as there were issues with them.
In Malwa, some Congress leaders raised objection to joining of former Akali leader Jeet Mohinder Sidhu and former Congress MLA Amrik Singh Dhillon and former minister Sunder Sham Arora.