Rana Gurmeet Sodhi

In a major setback to Punjab Congress ahead of state Assembly polls, its senior leader Rana Gurmeet Singh Sodhi, who is known to be close to former State Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, on Tuesday quit the party and joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Sodhi, who represents Guru Har Sahai constituency in Punjab Assembly, joined the BJP in the presence of party’s Punjab in-charge Gajendra Singh Shekhawat at BJP headquarters in the national capital today. Union Minister Bhupendra Singh Yadav, Union Minister Som Prakash, BJP General Secretary Dushyant Gautam were also present on the occasion.

Shekhawat welcomed Sodhi to the party and hoped that his joining will strengthen the party.

“Gurmeet always think for the development of India and Punjab politics and the social life here has always been a place for him,” said Yadav while welcoming him to the party.

After joining BJP, Gurmeet Sodhi said, “Punjab is a border state and the way communal harmony peace is being created here, the ruling government here will not be to handle it because their internal disputes are not coming to an end. I think only Narendra Modi’s government will save Punjab.”

Praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Sodhi further said, “I worked with Rajiv Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi. Congress has demolished secularism in the country. A personality like PM Modi can only save Punjab.” He further slammed the ruling party of Punjab and said that it is trying to divide the state on the basis of caste.