A staunch supporter of Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu and sitting MLA from Qadian, Fateh Singh Bajwa on Tuesday joined the BJP, turning the ruling Congress’s face red. Fateh is now likely to contest against his brother Pratap Singh Bajwa, a senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha member.
“This party has to decide (whether it will be Bajwa vs Bajwa in Kadian). We will do as the party says,” he said. I will definitely contest the elections,” Fateh told News18. Had he joined the BJP because he was a candidate from his elder brother Pratap Singh’s seat, Fateh explained, “No, I have come because of Modi ji’s commitment to the country. I know that if Punjab has to move forward then it can be possible only with BJP. I will become a foot soldier of BJP in Punjab and you will see BJP flag hoisted in the state.
Pratap Bajwa, who has expressed his desire to contest from Kadian while the Congress is yet to announce its first list of candidates, is meeting people in hopes of persuading the party high command to announce his candidature from the constituency. are.
Explaining Fateh Singh’s move, a source said that the party will follow the one family-one ticket model, so only one of the Bajwa brothers will get a ticket from the Congress.
Fateh Singh was one of the first to welcome Sidhu’s announcement as Punjab Congress chief and had even said that Sidhu should be made the Congress face in the 2022 Punjab elections.
Pratap has been quite critical of former Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh in the past and had said that if the Congress was serious about winning the elections, it should ensure a change of guard. His frequent criticism was taken by many as nurturing his ambition to lead the party and to be appointed as the chief of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC). But with Sidhu’s appointment, Pratap stayed away and even met Amarinder after he stepped down as chief minister.
After finally ending it with Sidhu and Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, Pratap may have ended the feud in the party, but with opposition from his family, his brother was now his opponent in Qadian.
While nothing can be decided till the Congress announces its candidates, it is a contest that will now be carefully watched ahead of the state elections.