Akali leader Harmel Tohra joins AAP after Akali Dal rebuff
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Punjab is the safety net of every leader of SAD, Congress and BJP who could no longer find favour in their parent parties, due to internal feud or corruption charges.
Today, former SAD leader late Gurcharan Singh Tohra, son-in-law Harmel Singh, his wife Kuleep Kaur and their son Harinderpal Singh joined AAP “unconditionally” in the presence of Punjab’s party affairs in-charge Sanjay Singh and senior leaders Bhagwant Mann and Gurpreet Singh Ghuggi.
Harmel has served Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) for 25 years and also remained a former minister.
“I am inspired by the policies and programmes of AAP, and confident that the party will provide neat and clean governance in Punjab,” Harmel said after joining the party, but later give the real reason “I am pained that the Akali Dal has decided to give the party ticket from Patiala rural to a person who is not even a primary member of the party,” he said.
Harmel is upset that the SAD cut his wife Kuldeep Kaur’s ticket from Patiala rural seat, where SAD president has handpicked Youth Akali Dal leader Satbir Singh Khatra.
Tohra was president of Shiromani Gurudwara Parbhandhak Committee (SGPC), considered to be mini-parliament of Sikhs, for over two decades.