Another former Cong MLA joins Akalis
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Former Congress MLA from Ferozepur Ravinder Singh Sandhu Babbal today joined SAD along with 5,000 of his supporters.
Babbal had been sidelined by the Congress in the recent Vidhan Sabha elections, for which he was denied a party ticket. He had contested as an independent but lost to Congress candidate Parminder Singh Pinki, the current MLA from Ferozepur city.
The move comes days after another former Congress MLA from Nihalsinghwala, Ajit Singh Shant, quit the Congress and joined SAD.
Babbal served the Congress for more than 35 years. He was elected MLA from Ferozepur cantonment and city and also served as a parliamentary secretary. At his induction, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal described Babbal as a long-time family member and said that their ties went back a long way.
Welcoming Babbal in the party fold, Sukhbir ruled out any infighting within the party because of the regular induction of Congressmen.
"The Congress leaders are getting attracted to our plans and hence are more than willing to join us. This will have no effect among party supporters, rather it will strengthen the party," he said.
Babbal spoke at length about the SAD's achievements, the party's development plans, a fair recruitment policy in providing jobs but did not say anything about the Congress.
Sukhbir called Babbal a strong leader of the Malwa region. "After Babbal's induction, our party has been strengthened. In the coming Lok Sabha elections, the Congress candidate's security deposit will be forfeited for sure," he added.
Babbal, however, has not been promised any key post in the party.