Senior Punjab leader and former finance minister of the state government Manpreet Badal on Wednesday resigned from the Congress and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Badal joined the BJP in the presence of Union minister Piyush Goyal, BJP general secretary Tarun Chugh and the party’s national media in-charge Anil Baluni.
Manpreet Badal’s joining of BJP is being considered as a major setback for the Congress in Punjab. Former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and former Punjab Congress President Sunil Jakhar have already joined the BJP. In his resignation letter sent to former Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Badal said he was “disillusioned” with the Congress.
Badal shared his resignation on Twitter. He said in his resignation, “I have given my all in fulfilling whatever responsibility was given to me in the party and the government. Thank you for giving me this opportunity and honoring me.