Punjab Congress leader and former finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal quit the party on Wednesday and blamed the top brass for factionalism within the party. In a letter addressed to Congress MP Rahul Gandhi, Manpreet Badal wrote that a coterie of men in Delhi is running affairs in Punjab and have only increased factionalism. He has resigned from the primary membership of the Congress party and will join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today.
Suffice it to say, that the manner in which the Congress party has conducted its affairs and taken decisions, specifically with regards to Punjab, has been disheartening, to say the least. The coterie of men entrusted with the authority to dictate Delhi's writ to the Punjab unit of the Congress are far from sound. Instead of striving to reduce internal disagreement in an already divided house, these men acted to further increase factionalism, and almost as a matter of policy strengthened the very worst elements within the party," the former Congress leader wrote in the letter.
The nephew of former Punjab CM Prakash Singh Badal, Manpreet Badal is a five-time MLA and was also the finance minister of the state twice. Badal’s continued absence from Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra in Punjab left many Punjab Congress leaders miffed. Manpreet Badal has been facing certain issues with Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh Raja Warring.
After being expelled from the Akali Dal, he formed his own party People's Party of Punjab and later merged it with the Congress.
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