HS Hanspal Quit Congress and Join AAP Ahead of the Punjab Polls 

PunjabHS Hanspal Quit Congress and Join AAP Ahead of the Punjab Polls 

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HS Hanspal Quit Congress and Join AAP Ahead of the Punjab Polls 

Chandigarh: Former state unit president HS Hanspal joined the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Thursday, only 16 days before the assembly elections, dealing a blow to the Congress.

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In Chandigarh, Hanspal was inducted into the AAP by the party’s state unit president and main ministerial face Bhagwant Mann and Punjab affairs co-incharge Raghav Chadha. Hanspal was a member of the Congress state election committee. Hanspal attempted to obtain a seat for his grandson Sunder Singh Hanspal from the Sahnewal assembly segment but was denied.

Vikram Bajwa, the son-in-law of former chief minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, has been nominated by the Congress for the seat. Hanspal was a two-term member of Parliament who led the Punjab Congress from 2002 to 2005.

“Such seasoned leaders’ support demonstrates that a wind of political change is blowing in the state,” Mann said as he welcomed him into the AAP. 

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According to a party release, Harsukhinder Singh Babbi Badal of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Sanyukt) and KK Sehgal of the Bank Employees Union have also joined the party. Harchand Singh Barsat, the state unit general secretary, and party candidates Kulwant Singh (Mohali) and Anmol Gagan Mann were among those present.

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