Senior Congress leader and two-time Ludhiana MP Gurcharan Singh Galib today quit the party along with his supporters and announced to join the SAD in the presence of Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal at a rally to be held at the local grain marketon Monday.
Galib said,I have taken this decision with a heavy heart. The Congress is now ruled by sycophants and those who dare to air their views are sidelined and ignored. Even senior Congress leader Margaret Alva has been sidelined.
Galib,who was at present senior vice-president of the PPCC,has sent his resignation to AICC president Sonia Gandhi.
Denying that he had left the Congress as he was not likely to get the party ticket from the city,he said,I would have resigned from the party in 2004 itself had I wanted to quit for want of party ticket. I have taken this step as I was being ignored. I felt suffocated in the party of which I was a member for the last five decades. Taking a dig at AICC spokesperson Manish Tewari,who is likely to get the party ticket from Ludhiana,Galib said he was an outsider,who belonged to the five-star culture.
Already in SAD mould
Though initially Galib had said that he had expressed his inclination to join the SAD,later on being coaxed by media he asserted that he would join the SAD at tomorrows SAD-BJP rally. Soon after,he showered praises on the SAD and the previous NDA government led by Atal Behari Vajpayee. I think regional parties are better than national parties in protecting the rights of their states, he said. Galib has learnt the Akali rhetoric already. He said,The Congress government,led by Amarinder Singh,had not brought any major project to the state.
Khangura: SAD couldn’t find suitable candidate
Congress MLA from Qila Raipur Jassi Khangura said the failure of the Akalis to field a candidate in Ludhiana was a proof of the “lack of quality parliamentary material in the party”. He alleged that CM Parkash Singh Badal has consistently failed over several decades to develop and promote individuals with good parliamentary potential. He confines capable persons to Punjab lest they develop a reputation in Delhi that in due course threatens the stranglehold of the Badal family over the Akali Dal,he said.