Chandigarh, Apr 25 (GCCurrentAffairs) The Congress got a major boost in Bathinda Parliamentary constituency on Thursday with sitting AAP MLA Nazar Singh Manshahia joining the party.
Manshahia had won the 2017 Assembly elections from Mansa by polling about 40 per cent votes. Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh said his coming onboard would further strengthen the Congress, which was riding a wave of strong public mood in its favour.
Welcoming him, Capt Amarinder said like-minded people from other parties, who had the interest of the state at heart, were joining the Congress in Punjab in large numbers. It was a clear sign of complete disillusionment within AAP, which had lost its locus standi amid a party-wide rebellion.
Manshahia, who had taken a premature retirement from Punjab Pollution Control Board in 2015 after serving as senior environmental engineer in the department, said he wanted to serve the people of the state, which he felt the Congress was best equipped to do. AAP had completely lost the narrative in the state, with no positive agenda or ideology to guide it, he added.
A first-time MLA, Manshahia was Member of House Committee and Committee on Farmers Suicides and Farm Labourers of Punjab Vidhan Sabha (2017-18). He is currently Member of Committee on Government Assurances of Punjab Vidhan Sabha (2018-19).