The Punjabi Ekta Party, led by former AAP leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira merged his Punjab Ekta Party with the Congress on June 17.
Mr Khaira, an MLA from Bholath, along with Jagdev Singh Kamalu (MLA from Maur in Bathinda district) and Pirmal Singh Khalsa (MLA from Bhadaur in Barnala district), met Rahul Gandhi and joined the Congress formally.
All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary in-charge of Punjab affairs Harish Rawat and the party’s chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala were also present on the occasion.
Khaira, who had joined AAP in 2015 from Congress, called it a “mistake” while adding that “AAP is only a one-man show…Kejriwal is in the habit of scoring self-goals”.
On rejoining Congress, he said his faith has reposed in Rahul Gandhi.
Attacking AAP, Khaira said it was an undemocratic party with no system of internal reviews. “Arvind Kejriwal is into a habit of scoring self goals every few months. We appeal to the NRIs who stand disillusioned with Kejriwal that they should also join and support the Congress in large numbers. The NRIs are asking about the funds they sent to AAP. The funds never reached the people of Punjab. The trust of NRIs in AAP stands shattered,” said Khaira, formally merging his party into the Congress.