Now, Jainís close aide joins SAD

Unconditional entry: takhtupura

When asked about the prime agenda after entering SAD, he said, "I have entered SAD unconditionally and right now my focus will be to ensure that Jain wins the Moga bypoll by a huge margin. Sukhbir has assured me success, only if I worked hard for the party."

The deputy CM on Takhtupura's entry to SAD said, "This has ended Congress' campaign for the Moga bypoll. Nothing is left for them to say. Congress leaders and workers are making a beeline to enter SAD, as they are disheartened and discouraged by their party. No doubt that SAD will win the polls."

Career

Apart from being the sarpanch of Takhtupura village for 15 years, he has been a block samiti member for the Congress and chairman of Market committee. He was also the president of the Truck Union, Moga. In 2003, he was elected as the secretary of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee.

Never left party for lack of ticket, say Sathi, Thapar

While PPCC president Captain Amarinder Singh refused to comment on the issue, Congress candidate Vijay Sathi, while talking to The Indian Express, said, "We all know that Jain and Takhtupura are business partners. He has taken a wrong decision. Ideologies make political parties, not tickets. I was twice ignored a ticket, but I never left. Takhtupura is politically dead from today."

Dr Malthi Thapar, who too was in the race for the ticket, while criticising Takhtupura's step, said, "Despite being a senior leader of the party, I have been ignored for 15 years, but that does not mean that I shift my loyalties. It is another deal that SAD has done with people, who just wish to have a 'chair'. Takhtupura was asked to manage just one ward, in which he was unsuccessful and he is talking about grassroot work. The mood in Moga is anti-SAD, and with Jain and Takhtupura leaving the party, it will only make us stronger. Deputy CM is pleading people to save his grace in Moga."

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